The Defense Post reported on May 10 that The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)—the largest of the Navy’s five system commands— unveiled its first-ever Orca Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV).

The image of XLUUV was introduced before the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit in Singapore, where the U.S. and China had fierce “squabbles” on security issues in the Pacific region.

Apollo News quoted Major General of the Taiwanese army Bei Chen as saying that the XLUUV can hide underwater for a long time, including several months, without any problems. It also can dive to a depth of 11,000 feet, making it difficult for enemy satellites to detect.

The XLUUV can perform tasks such as mine clearance, mine countermeasures, intelligence gathering, anti-submarine warfare, and electronic warfare.

In related developments, USNI News reported that the United States Navy’s first “Columbia-class” nuclear submarine was launched on June 4 at General Dynamics Electric Boat Facility at Quonset Point, Rhode Island. The ship is named “USS District of Columbia “and will then go into the detailing phase.

This submarine is considered the U.S. military’s largest, most powerful, and most advanced submarine.

USS District of Columbia is scheduled to enter service in 2027 and will be officially launched in 2031.

China’s regime recently planned to launch its third aircraft carrier, Type 003. International media commented that this is Beijing’s next step to compete for influence with the United States in the Pacific.

However, the development of U.S. military power shows that it is two steps ahead of China and alert to prevent the opponent from moving forward.

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