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As part of the partnership between Boeing and the U.S. Navy, the Orca XLUUV has undergone several phases of at-sea testing, including above and below-surface maneuvers to demonstrate the vehicles’ unique capabilities.

Though known as a « killer whale, » the orca (Orcinus orca) is actually the largest member of the oceanic dolphin family. Yet, it is still an apex predator that will hunt a variety of fish, sharks, seals, and even whales.

It is thus fitting that the U.S. Navy has designated Boeing’s Extra Large Uncrewed Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV) as an « Orca. » It was just this month that the aerospace and defense giant delivered the first of the new class of autonomous submarines following the completion of its acceptance testing.

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