It'll be a bad day to be a pirate if Juliet Marine finds any takers for their "Ghost" high-speed attack boat. It's got jet engines, a heavy weapons payload, and it can somehow raise itself up out of the water to pounce on unwary buccaneers.
Now that they've got this brand new seaworthy pick-up truck, the Navy is about to start getting phone calls from the Army and the Marines asking for help moving furniture and whatnot. But that's okay. That's exactly the reason the Navy built this ship in the first place.
The Navy, being the Navy, is never satisfied with the amount of blowy-uppyness demonstrated by its weapons. The Office of Naval Research has come up with a new material that turns the structural casings of things like missiles and artillery shells into explosives, increasing their destructive power by a factor of five.
It's no secret that the brave team that raided Osama Bin Laden's compound and shot him dead, U.S. Navy's SEAL Team 6, needs the the best tech the military can provide, like those dogs with titanium teeth, but rumor now has it they may have used night vision contacts.
Dazzle camouflage was used extensively on ships during WWI and WWII. With random lines, contrasting shapes, and weird colors, it wasn't meant to hide ships, but rather to confuse the heck out of anyone looking at them, and a new study shows that Dazzle works well enough that it might actually worth be using again.
Dr. Evil may have wanted sharks with frikkin' laser beams attached to their heads, but the U.S. Navy already has the next best thing. This trained dolphin is used to locate submerged mines and enemy divers, which are then captured by Navy personnel.
One of the most impressive things about Sunday's raid in Pakistan, was the way the Navy Seals managed to penetrate deep into Pakistan without being caught by Pakistani air defenses. Now it looks like a super secret stealth helicopter may be behind this embarrassing security lapse.
It may not be cutting through a mile of solid steel every few seconds, but the Navy has demonstrated the ability of its solid state laser to disable small boats in a live test.
The Office of Naval Research has been working away on a suite of futuristic weapons, but it's hard to think of anything that could out-gun its free-electron laser, which by the mid 2020s, should be capable of slicing straight through 2,000 feet of steel every second.
For the first time ever, the US Navy has used a railgun to launch a fighter jet into the air. It may not be ready to launch spacecraft into orbit quite yet, but it's the first real step towards making that happen.