The Battle of Locust Point
An Oral History of the First Autonomous Undersea Engagement
In early 2016, a disabled Russian Istina-class microsubmarine was recovered off the coast of Cape Charles, Maryland. The Chesapeake Bay Incident, as it came to be known, was a stark warning of things to come, for just ten months later, as crowds descended on Baltimore Harbor for Fleet Week and the commissioning of the U.S. Navy's newest destroyer, USS Zumwalt, Istinas and Atoms would square off just beneath the surface in what would be the first autonomous combat engagement, the Battle of Locust Point. The micronaval era had begun.
Micronaval Activities of Potential U.S. Adversaries
An Intelligence Estimate
Thanks to a stream of covert breakthroughs in the miniaturization of power production, propulsion, undersea communications, weapons technology, and signal processing, revolutionary miniature submarines have joined the fleets of U.S. adversaries, with others rumored to be in the pipeline.
This assessment details the microsubmarine programs of Russia, China, and Iran, and provides an overview of micronaval strategy.