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Ghost Fleet is shrinking, but not going away

Ghost Fleet is shrinking, but not going away

The young Marine in the black T-shirt, camo pants and brimmed cap settled his backpack on the deck of a 41-foot boat in the James River off Fort Eustis. He wore black mirrored sunglasses like a mask. He declined to give his name, only his rank: staff sergeant. Asked how many of the dozen other young men on the boat were part of his group — a "force protection" military training exercise just underway — the staff sergeant smiled and said, "There's nobody on the boat right now." His T-shirt bore a skull insignia with seven fading stars in front and the words "Til Valhalla" in back. In memory, he said, of the seven Marines who died when a...

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