First Sea Lord is an instinctive innovator and exploiter of modern technology

Fleet Commander Vice-Admiral Sir Philip Jones

Fleet robotics officer Commander Peter Pipkin said: “Next year is going to see the first of its kind demonstration in Unmanned Warrior, a unique and innovative challenge to deliver the Royal Navy’s vision for autonomous systems.”

Unmanned Warrior is the brainchild of First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas, whose forward-thinking was praised in a closing speech at the conference by Fleet Commander Vice-Admiral Sir Philip Jones.

“First Sea Lord is an instinctive innovator and exploiter of modern technology,” he said. “We’re up for new ideas, new concepts and new technology.

“In our view the unique selling point of Unmanned Warrior is its ability to provide a playground, if you like, in which we can simultaneously demonstrate unmanned systems and do so across a range of warfare disciplines.

“We see for you a clear opportunity to shape the future of not just the Royal Navy but a raft of our partners.”

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