This is the Navy Warship of the Future
John F. Kennedy became famous because of his heroics on the PT 109. Maybe he could have become commander of the universe if he piloted the Navy warship of the future. It's called The Ghost. Built by Juliet Marine Systems, a private company in Portsmouth, N.H., it's designed to fight swarm attacks, water-born IEDs, and, aargghh, piracy. According to Business Insider, "Ghost is intended to have zero radar signature, and the vessel is supposedly difficult for the enemy to spot, let alone target. The ship is nonmagnetic and hard to detect via sonar, making it ideal for infiltration and surveillance of enemy areas." RELATED: See the 10-ton Military Marauder
The vessel is pulled along by two underwater torpedo-like engines. These engines surround the entire submersed structure of the boat in gas, reducing friction and creating a more stable ride. When configured it can handle 20mm gatling guns as well as rockets and missile systems.
According to Juliet, deployed, Ghost would have the capability to conduct long duration patrols and missions. Two squadrons of Ghost's operating from Bahrain or Djibouti would effectively provide protection to the destroyers or cruisers operating within the littoral region. JMS President and CEO Gregory Sancoff stated, "No country would be able to keep Iran from closing the Straits of Hormuz without conflict with Iran's small high-speed boats. These swarm attacks are the Navy's equivalent of the IED. GHOST is the counter-IED solution to this hit and run attack weapon."
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"Ghost gets the warrior to battle fit to fight" is the best line from the accompanying video. Apparently the flexible hull eliminates debilitating injuries caused by planing hullcraft. Who knew something as benign sounding as hullcraft could injure the troops?
And the best part? As the manufacturer points out, it has a hybrid powertrain with materials that mean lower operational costs. It's green and saves you green. Is this not the best Navy warship ever built?
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Then again it may not get built. With a $10 million price tag, the price might be too steep for the current administration. To that we say, bring back Dick Cheney.
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