Civilian mariners aboard the Afloat Forward Staging Base Ship USS Ponce lower an 11-meter rigid hull inflatable boat to conduct tests on two Kingfish Unmanned Underwater Vehicles. Ponce, formerly designated as an amphibious transport dock ship, was converted and reclassified in April to fulfill a long-standing U.S. Central Command request for an AFSB to be located in its area of responsibility. The Navy recently completed testing of the Kingfish in the Gulf of Mexico and has now deployed the mine sweeping undersea robot to the Persian Gulf.
June 29, 2013 4:00 AM PDT
Photo by: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Blake Midnight