Statement From Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman on USS Boxer

July 18, 2019 – Statement from Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman on USS Boxer: At approximately 10 a.m. local time, the amphibious ship USS Boxer was in international waters conducting a planned inbound transit of the Strait of Hormuz. A fixed wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) approached Boxer and closed within a threatening range. The ship took defensive action against the UAS to ensure the safety of the ship and its crew.

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Airbus’ Skyways Drone Trials World’s First Shore-to-Ship Deliveries

March 15, 2019 – Airbus has begun shore-to-ship trials in Singapore with its Skyways parcel delivery drone. This marks the first time drone technology has been deployed in real port conditions to deliver a variety of small, time-critical maritime essentials to working vessels at anchorage. The maiden shore-to-ship delivery flight was made to the Swire Pacific Offshore’s Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel “M/V Pacific Centurion,” 1.5 km from the shoreline of Singapore’s Marina South Pier, carrying 1.5 kg of 3D printed consumables. Landing safely on the ship deck and depositing…

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Coast Guard helicopter avoids drone strike in Port Angeles

A Coast Guard aircrew was 300 feet in the air conducting training when they had a near-miss collision with a recreational drone in the vicinity of Fairchild International Airport, Saturday. The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles was conducting low-level training near the airport when the crew maneuvered to miss what they thought was a bird. The object ended up being a drone and the aircrew estimated the near miss at only 50 feet. Drone operators must provide advanced notification to airports or airport traffic control to…

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