The US Navy appears to be testing a shiny new hydrofoil prototype, and it just got leaked to Twitter.
The Navy’s research and development arm accidentally shared a clip of the vessel in a promotional video shared by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, but later took the video down.
Needless to say, the video was captured and shared around the world, including by entities in China.
According to Popular Mechanics, hydrofoil shops are capable of moving at incredibly high speed by using foldable foils, lifting the boat out of the water and reducing drag.
While the US Navy had previously owned several Pegasus class hydrofoils, the vessels were retired in the 1990s, and no hydrofoils had existed since. At least, that’s the commonly-accepted narrative.
Now, with evidence of a new hydrofoil and little information publicly-available as to what it is for, there are more questions than answers.
The vessel might be related to the small high-speed vessels seen around Virginia Beach in 2011. For those not in the know, Virginia Beach is home to the US Naval Special Warfare Command.
Could hydrofoils be making a comeback? Only time will tell. However, one thing is for certain- the US Military and social media don’t mix
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