We have been watching the growth of drones in the sky and the FAA and states’ attempts to regulate them. Now we will start watching the growth of underwater drones.

The USS North Dakota submarine sailed into Groton, Connecticut earlier this week following a two-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea. Why is this news? Because the mission was a success– it was the first time the Navy has launched and recovered an underwater drone, also known as an unmanned undersea vehicle, or UUV in a military operation. The mission confirmed that submarine-launched drones can be used for divers and special forces in undersea operations. But that’s all the Navy would say.