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Secretive 'Manta Ray' underwater drone spotted on Google Maps

By T.K. Randall
June 25, 2024 · Comment icon 8 comments
Manta Ray
The Manta Ray is clearly visible in this image. Image Credit: Google Maps
The next-generation vehicle was inadvertently picked up on satellite images at the Port Hueneme naval base in California.
Sightings of secretive vehicles tend to be fleeting and difficult to capture, which is why this particular example - which showed up recently on Google Maps - is so unusual.

Eagle-eyed social media users couldn't believe their luck when, upon zooming in on the Port Hueneme naval base in California, they discovered a mysterious looking object in the water.

The impressive vehicle, which looks like something out of a Gerry Anderson TV series (think Thunderbirds or Stingray), is believed to be a secretive underwater drone known as Manta Ray.

Developed by the Northrop Grumman Corporation, the drone is reportedly capable of traveling at considerable speed over large distances underwater without needing to be refueled.
It can also 'hibernate' on the ocean floor and remain undetected for long periods.

Such a vehicle would be ideal for scouring the ocean for enemy submarines.

According to reports, the satellite images went viral on Sunday, though there have been claims that at least some of these have since been replaced with doctored images.

Of course, while the Manta Ray is still a work in progress, it's existence can't be that much of a secret given that Northrop Grumman has even released a video about its development (see below).

Source: Mail Online | Comments (8)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Guyver 17 days ago
If it’s top secret, how do we know what its name is?  Maybe it’s not so top secret after all.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Gertdoggy 17 days ago
I think some of the tech is top secret, not the project itself.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Vox 17 days ago
No joke.  This has X-Com: Terror From The Deep vibes all over it!
Comment icon #4 Posted by Tatetopa 16 days ago
If you were the government, how would you release the knowledge  that you have an underwater drone that is more than vapor ware, but you won't reveal how powerful and capable it already is?   Let it be seen and published by a third party? And then let speculation smear the picture into a super ship.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 15 days ago
If the CIA or the NSA or MI6 are top secret how do we know what their name is? Same principle, just because you know that they exist and what they are called it doesn't mean you know what they are doing.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Shadowsfall 5 days ago
Could this explain some USO sightings…….
Comment icon #7 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 5 days ago
No, it’s not likely, this project was designed and built for the US Navy, its an underwater vehicle!
Comment icon #8 Posted by Shadowsfall 5 days ago
Yeah that’s what I meant Grim…….Underwater Submerged Object….been a few reported over the years but who knows….

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