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According to information published by the US DoD on November 2, 2023, the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) has escalated the potency and combat readiness of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) through live-fire exercises held in the international waters around the Arabian Peninsula on October 23.

On November 1, 2023, Kraken Technology Group (KTG) announced a collaboration with L3Harris Technologies to advance the integration of control systems within the K40 Manta uncrewed surface-subsurface (USSV) prototype. This collaboration lays the foundation for the development of enhanced autonomous capabilities, with the goal of achieving full autonomy for this USSV.

According to the US Department of Defense, on the evening of October 29, 2023, a US Marine F-35 Lightning II conducted the first night time Ship Rolling Vertical Landing (SRVL) on the HMS Prince of Wales, the United Kingdom's second aircraft carrier. This event took place in the Atlantic, off the east coast of the United States, as part of the ongoing Developmental Test Phase 3 (DT-3) for the F-35B.

On October 31, 2023, Northrop Grumman secured a significant contract modification, aimed at facilitating the production and delivery of MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs). Under the terms of the agreement, valued at $543 million, the company will manufacture three MQ-4C Triton for the US Navy, and one for Australia, and establish a designated main operating base for the Navy.

The U.S. 5th Fleet has confirmed the arrival of a second carrier strike group (CSG) in the Middle East, joining forces already in the region amidst the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. The aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford, along with a fleet of ships, has been deployed by the US Navy. This deployment was previously discussed on October 12, 2023, on Navy Recognition.

According to information published by Tass on November 6, 2023, the Russian Defense Ministry has announced the successful test firing of a Bulava intercontinental submarine-launched ballistic missile by the nuclear-powered submarine Imperator Alexander III. The submarine executed the launch from the White Sea, with the missile reaching the Kura testing range on the Kamchatka Peninsula.

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