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Coast Guard: No rules on use of underwater drones in the bay

Coast Guard: No rules on use of underwater drones in the bay

The Coast Guard has no rules to govern the operation of underwater drones in the Chesapeake Bay, a spokesman said Friday, but it does try to keep track of who is using unmanned submarines in U.S. waters.

Most of the interest in drones has focused on their use in the sky. But this month, a waterman found a drone that defense contractor Northrop Grumman was using to conduct sonar research — a reminder that they can be used underwater as well.

The freedom of unmanned systems to move through the water is in stark contrast to the restrictions on their use in the sky. The Federal Aviation Administration has imposed strict rules on commercial drone pilots and hobbyists in an...

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