The U.S. Navy has released video of a test involving a small drone “resupplying” an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine recently.
In the video, technicians piloted a small quadcopter drone over the surface SSBN Henry M. Jackson, dropping a package onto its hull and then returning to a nearby ship.
The test took place near Hawaii, and the purpose was to test new technologies and how they could assist strategic forces. Additionally, the Navy ran resupply tests with an MV-22B Osprey during the testing as part of a broader effort to uncover new tactics to find ways to replenish the fleet anywhere and at anytime.
The test was certainly limited, with the small drone only able to provide a very small package, but it shows the potential for future resupply missions to submarines out on patrol.
MAIN PHOTO: PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 21, 2020) The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) gets in position to receive a payload of supplies from an MV-22B Osprey in the vicinity of the Hawaiian Islands. Underway replenishment sustains the fleet anywhere/anytime. This event was designed to test and evaluate the tactics, techniques, and procedures of U.S. Strategic Command’s expeditionary logistics and enhance the overall readiness of our strategic forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Devin M. Langer)