An experimental anti-submarine drone warship developed by DARPA has officially been transferred to the US Navy's research office.
It looks like something out of Star Trek, but for the water — and the analogy isn't too far off, either.
The anti-submarine warfare continuous trail unmanned vessel — AC TUV for short — is a futuristic drone ship outfitted with computers, sensors, and cameras, all intent on searching for and tracking enemy submarines.
And since it's fully autonomous, there's no crew onboard or humans controlling it remotely.
It's nicknamed the "Sea Hunter" and it could be a game changer for the Navy. Take a look:
The Sea Hunter is an experimental vessel funded by DARPA, the Pentagon's research and development arm. It was recently transferred to US Navy researchers.
We saw the ship in May 2016, when DARPA showed off the new ship in San Diego. Over the next two years, the ship underwent sea trials to see whether it can succeed on the open water.
"We're really in for some exciting times," Jerry Dejaco, test director for the US Navy, said in 2016.
The 132-foot-long ship is sort of like a big floating computer. Instead of bunks and gear for sailors like on a normal ship, the Sea Hunter just has computers inside.
Note: DARPA wouldn't let Tech Insider inside the vessel, so this is just a file photo of a server room. A spokesman said only that the "brains of the ship" was five racks of servers.