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August 9, 2015 Intelligence, Navy, Sailing, York River

What’s that Ship?

Drivers along the Colonial Parkway and the York River can’t help but notice an unusual ship docked for months at the US Navy base Cheatham Annex. From afar, the blue hull and white deck resemble a cruise ship, but up close one can see multiple radars and other intel equipment on deck. This is the FS Marjata. Other similarly named ships belong to Norway for gathering military intelligence. The Cheatham pier used to moor the USS Zeus, an all-white cable-laying ship that could deploy 9,000 miles of cable on a single ocean cruise.

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