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US Top-Secret Manta Ray Drone Spotted on Google Maps

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In an embarrassing security lapse for the US Navy, a highly classified underwater drone program was briefly exposed after satellite images captured the prototype on Google Maps. The drone, nicknamed “Manta Ray” for its resemblance to the sea creature and ability to rest on the ocean floor, was spotted docked at Port Hueneme in California.

Key Details of Manta Ray Drone

Sharp-eyed Google Maps users noticed the unusual vessel over the weekend. The Manta Ray’s sleek design, unlike any other military ship, quickly drew attention. Images of the drone circulated online before Google blurred the sensitive location. Some social media users allege the blurred area now shows generic-looking boats, hinting at possible tampering by the US government.

The Manta Ray is an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) designed for long-range missions. Developed by Northrop Grumman for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the drone boasts capabilities unlike any in the US arsenal.

“Our successful, full-scale Manta Ray testing validates the vehicle’s readiness to advance toward real-world operations,” stated Dr. Kyle Woerner, program manager at DARPA, before the Google Maps incident.

The Manta Ray’s key advantage lies in its extended underwater endurance. The drone can reportedly stay submerged for months, using energy-efficient gliding to traverse vast distances. This “hibernation” mode allows it to gather intelligence or perform surveillance without refueling.

The brief exposure of the Manta Ray on Google Maps highlights the challenges of maintaining secrecy in the digital age. While the US Navy has regained control of the imagery, questions remain regarding the capabilities of this new stealthy underwater weapon and its potential impact on global military dynamics.

The Manta Ray program represents a significant advancement in underwater drone capabilities. Its recent appearance on Google Maps has piqued global interest. As the world watches, the US Navy continues to explore innovative ways to maintain maritime superiority.

Disclaimer: The information provided is based on available sources and may be subject to updates or changes.1

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