The U.S. 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) requires one main propulsion system and one electrical generation and distribution system of the Navy’s Large Unmanned Surface Vessel to be qualified by a Senior Technical Authority. To address this, related Navy offices and the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) developed a process for a Navy-specific qualification for USV program equipment and systems to support verification of both design and reliability. This paper presented includes detailed discussions of the process increments (Product Design Assessment, Technology Readiness, Reliability Qualification) and a review of the full process using an example.

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