The Costal Systems Station has played an important role in the development of sensor and processing systems of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV). The purpose of UUVs, either the autonomous or remotely operated variety, is to conduct undetected, high confidence underwater, rapid underwater reconnaissance of the littoral (coastal) environment in order to locate mines and other obstacles to safe operating areas for operational forces. They're also used in underwater damage assessment -- for example, to determine whether an enemy submarine is actually sunk or playing possum.
There were some highly classified equipment, operations and questions one of our hosts, Dr. Ace Summey, couldn't show or discuss with us, but that which we saw convinced me that Saddam Hussein can only expect a zero to no chance of a successful battle engagement with our military. I was also convinced that CSS had given additional meaning to General George S. Patton's admonition, "The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his."