‘GHOST-ly’ Solutions for a Host of Modern Military Needs

Ghost on Water

(DGIwire) — In the wildly successful Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise, Johnny Depp plays Captain Jack Sparrow, a wily pirate looking to commandeer the infamous Black Pearl, a cursed sunken ship brought back to the ocean’s surface, manned with an army of gnarly ghost sailors. Although the movie clearly strays far from reality, the idea of a “ghost” ship is more real now than ever, if only in name.

Juliet Marine Systems is a leading developer of innovative maritime transport systems, both manned and unmanned. Its intention is to solve the needs of the commercial, surface warfare, submarine warfare and special operations communities. Its newest product is called GHOST. Comparable to an attack helicopter on water, GHOST is a high-speed attack vessel specifically designed to protect vital waterways from terrorism and piracy. Although the word “piracy” might conjure up images of fictional swashbucklers similar to the ones in Depp’s movies, it’s a very real threat to international waterways, particularly in the Straits of Hormuz, a narrow strip of water located between Iran and the United Arab Emirates that became a conflicted area in 2012. Based in Portsmouth, NH, Juliet Marine is led by its President and CEO, Gregory E. Sancoff.

Using supercavitation technology and high-performance jet engines, GHOST is poised to achieve unparalleled high speed and hull friction reduction. Its large fuel capacity allows for long-term missions, and its heavy weapons payload capacity ensures it can be properly stocked with weapons to meet any potential threat. According to a press release from Juliet Marine, its research indicates that future conflicts will happen in strategic coastal waters, requiring naval forces to operate closer to shore. Most navies operating in these regions have deployed large ships that are not properly weaponized or agile to protect against swarms of high-speed boats. What makes GHOST unique is its combination of speed, maneuverability and endurance—the essential ingredients for an outer layer of fleet defense that would engage potential enemy swarms before they reach their effective attack range.

As a maritime systems company, Juliet Marine is continually developing and identifying unique technologies to meet the specific needs of each different mission. It has taken the concept of “thinking outside the box” to a whole new level by applying it across all facets of system research, design, development and production. The company also prides itself on its collaborations. It continually works with top universities and research institutions to gain cutting-edge, scientific knowledge and apply it to its products.

“Each successful completion of complex maritime transport systems requires thousands of important design decisions,” said Sancoff. “Our team is highly trained to think of non-traditional solutions for today’s unique military needs.”

“The cross platform uses of GHOST technology are exactly what a modern, flexible, highly-mobile and lethal US Navy needs for fleet protection as well as shore-line interdiction and rapid, stealth beach landing capability by US Marines.  Yet, also, the myriad commercial markets for GHOST beckon with even larger billion dollar markets,” says Kevin J. Kinsella, founding partner of Avalon Ventures and JMS lead investor. “If someone like Richard Branson now wants to conquer the seas as he aims to do with air and space, he need look no further. After all, he followed Avalon into SideCar, the most innovative new ride-sharing service.”

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