The first drone ship has joined the U.S. Navy's fleet and now nearly every element of it has become classified. Sea Hunter is a crewless, 140-ton, 132-foot-long robotic ship. Since the drone ship's inception, the Navy has been hesitant to provide updates on its future role. First drone warship joins US Navy 36 Mins Ago | 00:40 The first warship to traverse open waters without a single crew member recently joined the U.S. Navy's fleet after eight years of development and testing. And now nearly every element of the vehicle, known as the Sea Hunter, has become classified. "About all I can tell you is that it has transitioned from [the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency] to the Navy, and that's a success in the world of science and technology," said Rear Adm. Nevin Carr. "And that's a good thing, because that means that there's a there there." The concept for the unmanned vessel was born in 2010 out of the Pentagon's so-called mad science wing, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA. The Pentagon's request from DARPA was colossal: Develop a drone warship capable of hunting submarines, detecting torpedoes and avoiding objects at sea while traveling at a top speed of 27 knots, or 31 mph. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/25/fir...-us-navy-nearly-every-element-classified.html Interesting. I wonder if these can serve some kind of rescue or SEAL insertion capability. Operating costs are far less than a typical destroyer. I wonder what a handful of these off the coast of North Korea could do.