On 12 July 2005, Spacewar.com reported:

ScanEagle, a long-endurance fully autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Boeing and The Insitu Group, has successfully completed sea trials aboard the USS Cleveland as part of the U.S. Navy-sponsored 2005 Joint Task Force Exercise…

The Navy plans to use ScanEagle during Naval Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) missions to provide persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) coverage and to increase oil platform security in the Persian Gulf. The UAVs supporting ESG will be ship-launched and recovered.

In Iraq, ScanEagle is currently providing tactical commanders with critical real-time imagery used to develop a clearer picture of the battlefield.  (more…)

Source: Boeing ScanEagle UAV completes sea trials aboard U.S. navy ship," Spacewar.com (12 July 2005).

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