||G. N. Roberts, R. Sutton
||The Instituition of Engineering and Technology
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In our editorial for the previous volume Advances in Unmanned Marine Vehicles, we brought together 18 chapters describing research and developments in unmanned marine vehicles (UMVs). We provided a brief history of the important developments in UMVs from 1886 to date. We do not think it is necessary to repeat this here as readers of this volume will no doubt already possess a copy of Advances in Unmanned Marine Vehicles. We also reflected on the more recent increases in worldwide activity in this area and that almost without exception research groups were developing and working on real UMVs. This meant that they were able to test, evaluate and re-evaluate their designs in relatively quick succession, thereby rapidly reporting new approaches, techniques, designs and successes. This rapid design-evaluation cycle is the prime mover for progress, not only for consolidating designs but also for leading to new design ideas and innovation. Since its publication in 2006, Advances in Unmanned Marine Vehicles has proven to be a useful and popular source of reference. However, the rapid design-evaluation cycle means that further advances have been made and with this in mind it was felt that there was scope for a second more up-to-date volume in order to promulgate recent important developments.