AP reported that a missing unmanned submarine was found Tuesday by a man strolling along a beach in western Norway
. The 11-foot mini-sub, or Battlespace Preparation Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, disappeared in late April during tests off the port of Kristiansand in southern Norway
, from its its mother ship, the minesweeper USS Swift
This type submarine was not remote controlled, but pre-programed before its launch to search for mines and, if necessary, destroy them.
However, it never surfaced, leading the Swift to break off its participation in a military exercise and spend a week searching for it. The mini-sub turned up about 200 kilometers (125 miles) to the north.
The wire service reported that a man going for walk along the coast near Stavanger, on Norway's west coast, spotted a small, torpedo-like object marked "Department of Navy" grounded just off the beach and called the police.