At least one unmanned surface vessel was discovered on the shoreline outside the Russian Navy’s base in Sevastopol, Crimea. Sevastopol is the largest city in Crimea and a major port on the Black Sea.

One of the reasons the Russians have eyed Crimea for a long time is because of this strategic region. Sevastopol’s location and navigability to the city’s harbors would allow any Navy to deploy ships for attack or defense purposes. Sevastopol has been a critical naval base for Russia’s Black Sea Fleet since 1783. Now the question is, what is this unmanned surface vehicle (USV) doing here?

Based on the images, the boat seemed relatively small and had a shallow-draft design with what appears like a waterjet drive system. It’s also very low-profile, so there’s a possibility this is being used for stealth reconnaissance missions. There’s also a multi-camera sensor system mounted on top of the USV’s hull.