The Last Ship's Parachute Kite Sails are a Real Technology

On The Last Ship TV show, crew members launch parachute-style kite sails into the sky to pull the ship. The technology is not as far-fetched as you might think. A German company by the name of SkySails is using parachute sails to assist cargo ships and cut down on fuel costs. In 2008, the U.S. Navy chartered a ship equipped with one of the company's sky sails to haul cargo from Europe to the United States. Read more at The Last Ship: Fact vs. Fiction

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 The Last Ship: Filming on a Real Ship

This video offers a behind-the-scenes look at the collaboration between The Last Ship TV show and the U.S. Navy. Footage of the production aboard the USS Halsey is shown, in addition to comments from real U.S. Navy sailors. Read The Last Ship: Fact vs. Fiction