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Navy Unveils New Robotics Warfare Specialty

The Navy on Thursday introduced a new enlisted specialty for sailors to operate and maintain current and future unmanned robotic weapons and vehicles. 

The Navy established the new robotics warfare, or RW, rating for active-duty sailors who would be charged with planning and controlling robotic systems, which the service considers crucial to future warfighting, according to a Navy announcement Thursday. The message described the new specialty’s founding as a “major milestone” in the service’s work toward building a hybrid fleet of complementary manned and unmanned vessels and aircraft.

“This dedicated robotics rating will accelerate development of deep expertise in rapidly advancing autonomous technologies,” the message reads.

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