A spy, either from Naval Intelligence, CIA, National Security Agency or a nameless U.S. Navy organization that sends riders onboard to gather electronic intelligence when the ship is on a spec-op.
Generally accepted as an alternative term for "ghost", the origins of the word may be traced back to American Indian lore and thus regarded as a uniquely American term. In its purest sense, these spirits are regarded as benevolent and benign, capable of temporarily taking "possession" of a living body to perform good works. This type of ghost is sometimes said to be able to haunt a person without him/her ever being aware of it and can absorb themselves into the person at will. Along the Eastern United States, stories may be found in rural areas of men who were failures in life until their 'spook' took over them, enabling them to achieve wealth and success, as in the case of "walk-ins". The term has also come to describe intelligence operatives and government spies.