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MOD mulls operating patrol vessels unmanned

  • October 31, 2021
  • , Sankei
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Sunday’s Sankei front-paged a Defense Ministry plan to operate four new patrol vessels that it plans to procure for the MSDF unmanned in order to address the chronic shortage of personnel amid China’s rapid buildup of naval forces. To begin with, the ministry is looking to staff the new vessels with about 30 crewmembers, about 15% of the number assigned to conventional MSDF escort ships, with the goal of making their operation fully automated. Unmanned operation will reportedly make it possible for naval patrols to last longer and for the ships to engage in more dangerous operations.

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