Juliet Marine Systems’ Ghost ship, above, is being tested at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. In top right photo, Gregory E. Sancoff, president and CEO of Juliet Marine Systems explains the unique 2000-horsepower engine used to power the company’s Ghost ship. In photo right, Gov. Maggie Hassan takes a close look at the vessel. GRETYL MACALASTER
Hassan, NH officials see a Ghost (boat)
The company has signed a contract with Great Bay Community College to purchase its former campus on Route 33 in Stratham with plans to develop a manufacturing facility there but plan to continue leasing space from the shipyard as well.
Juliet is also working with Great Bay Community College to develop specific training for the company’s needs.
Sancoff said he was moved to start the company after the attack on the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000. At the time he was running a medical device company in Hampton, but had a background in designing high-speed and high-range boats and used that knowledge to start developing a boat that could help protect sailors in dangerous waters.
The boat moves using supercavitation techniques, meaning the two torpedo shaped engines that ride on the water can displace water with air to reduce friction.
The shape is also designed for stealth. Chase boats have reported spotting the boat’s dinghy before the boat itself.
“It is really revolutionary. This vessel will allow Naval forces to travel under radar, keeping them safe, and there are tons of technological applications to be taken from this process,” Hassan said.