Last Friday, the British Royal Navy unveiled its latest testbed vessel, built by Damen Shipyards. This is the first time a Dutch defense shipbuilding company has supplied a vessel directly to the Royal Navy, less than a year after the order was placed.

The 270-ton ship arrived at the Portsmouth naval base in southern England ahead of its official welcome. It will be used by NavyX, an autonomy and lethality accelerator that brings together Britain’s military, scientists, industry, and engineers to work on innovative and advanced technologies.

The experimental vessel (XV) is a modified version of the 42-meter crew-supply platform—Damen FCS 4008—that enables the autonomy accelerator to experiment without putting “the service’s understrength surface warship fleet” under too much pressure.

The ship, named after British physicist and Nobel Prize awardee Patrick Blackett, will join the Royal Navy and NATO exercises “with the possible upgrades to autonomous technology,” the British Defense Ministry stated.

Navy chief Colonel Tom Ryall proclaimed that the arrival of XV Patrick Blackett would be critical in increasing the agency’s “ability to deliver” cutting-edge output and mark a significant milestone for the Royal Navy.