The British Royal Navy tests jet suits to combat piracy

The next chapter of Pirates of the Carribean is looking a little more enticing, as the British Royal Navy has been pictured using jet suits to board ships while charting the high seas.

In a new video released by Gravity Industries and reported by Business Insider, the Royal Navy has apparently conducted three days worth of testing on the HMS Tamar – a patrol ship.

The tests saw Gravity Industries’ Jet Suit trialled in choppy waters, as part of an experimental mission to ‘visit, board, search, and seize’. The operation, if successful, would likely form part of anti-piracy measures – marines would be able to board vessels and rapidly attach boarding gear so that their sea-bound counterparts could clamber up a pirate vessel.

Interestingly, this doesn’t mark the first time that Gravity Industries has been put through its paces; its CEO, Richard Browning, piloted an early Jet Suit through the Royal Navy’s assault course in 2019.

It remains to be seen exactly where the technology will progress to, or if the Royal Navy would actually adopt the Jet Suit for use it its operations.

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