Giving the U.S. Navy More Than a GHOST of a Chance to Stamp Out Piracy

(DGIwire) – It’s clear that the lethal and costly reality of maritime piracy must be addressed. A report by Intercargo, an industry group representing global owners of dry cargo vessels, calculates that since 2008, gangs of Somali pirates on the eastern coast of Africa have carried out more than 800 attacks on ships, from private yachts […]

No Time for Complacency: a GHOST of a Solution to Maritime Piracy

(DGIwire) — Last year saw a significant drop in international piracy threats, due to the falloff in Somali-related attacks on Africa’s east coast. Unfortunately, the slack has been taken up on the other side of the continent. In January 2014, 55 miles off the coast of Gabon, five pirates boarded a liquefied natural gas carrier—only […]

‘Ghost’ Ship Could Offer Unique Platform for Navy’s Unmanned Surface Vehicle Autonomous Swarm Technology, CARACaS

(DGIwire) — In May 2014, the naval chief of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard voiced a warning to the United States: Iran would target American aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf if a war between the two countries ever broke out. Admiral Ali Fadawi, who heads the hardline Guard’s naval forces, said that the immense size […]

This GHOST Has Us Covered

 (DGIwire) — The 2013 movie Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks as the title character, depicts the true story of a U.S. cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates. Although the word “pirate” might conjure up images of Captain Hook or other fictional swashbucklers with big hats and bottles of rum, piracy is actually a very real […]

GHOST: An Anti-Terrorism Vessel Built to Outperform Stealth Aircraft

(DGIwire) — Like all branches of the military, the U.S. Navy is undergoing revolutionary change, where time-tested military tactics and cutting-edge technological advances can potentially meet formidable challenges. One of the greatest threats on the high seas is low-tech vessel attacks with conventional explosives; for example, the October 12, 2000 attack on the USS Cole […]

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