Futuristic vessel sighted in South Carolina

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Last Sunday, it appeared on the Beaufort River. A boat. A weird one. It was oddly long, sleek and ominous, motoring south.

Jack Howison was enjoying his powerboat with his girlfriend when the boat rumbled by in sharp contrast to the pleasant-looking watercraft typically floating down the river.

The size of the thing alarmed him. It was low to the water, and from the front it didn’t appear to be a large boat. But when he saw it from the side, it was a whopping 70 feet.Image

Howison saw SEALION II, a high-speed transport designed by the Navy and completed in January, said Gordon Hatchell, a branch supervisor with the Navy’s Combatant Craft Department in Norfolk, Va. Hatchell was on the team that designed the SEALION II.

Source:  Beaufort Gazette

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