Here's your chance to own Navy stealth ship
The Navy test craft Sea Shadow performs in the Sea and Air Parade in San Diego in 2005.
May 3rd, 2012
10:48 AM ET

Here's your chance to own Navy stealth ship

You've got about 24 hours to get your bids in on a piece of super-cool Cold War hardware - a stealth warship the government no longer wants.

The General Services Administration is taking bids on the U.S. Navy's Sea Shadow, built by Lockheed Martin in 1983 for the Navy to test radar-evading capabilities and other weapons systems. The ship has outlived its usefulness, and the Navy is trying to unload it to avoid maintenance costs, the Los Angeles Times reports.

"It is not cost-effective for the Navy to maintain the ship in an inactive condition any longer, and the ship no longer serves any operational or research purpose," Navy spokesman Christopher Johnson told the Times. "Our only disposition option is dismantling and recycling."

Which means if you submit the highest bid, you won't be taking the 118-foot-long, 499-ton Sea Shadow for a three-hour tour with Gilligan and the Skipper.

"The ex-Sea Shadow shall be disposed of by completely dismantling and scrapping within the U.S.A. Dismantling is defined as reducing the property such as it has no value except for its basic material content," read the conditions on the GSA auction site.

That seems to have dampened the interest of evil madmen bent on world domination. (The Sea Shadow is said to be the inspiration for the villain's vessel in the 1997 James Bond film "Tomorrow Never Dies.")

The GSA website reports only 10 bidders so far, with the top bid at $139,100. Bidding started at $10,000.

The winning bidder will have to pick up the prize from the Maritime Administration National Defense Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay, California.

The Sea Shadow comes complete with a covered barge/floating dry dock, so once you bust it up you will have a keepsake to remind you of what could have been.

Bids are due by 6 p.m. ET Friday. Good luck.

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  1. KIRK/JACKSON

    I just cant tell you the number of times ive said "man i need a stealth navy ship"

    May 3, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Superman

    Parts are parts!!!!!!

    May 3, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Portland tony

    Stealth boats are not healthy in shipping lanes!

    May 3, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Jeff

    So how is this our chance to own a stealth navy ship if the winner is required to dismantle it and recycle?

    May 3, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. dgislvervid

    To me it looks like, they are only dismantling it if that is their last option and they didn't sell it?

    May 3, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. columbus

    Ship? I don't see a ship.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Guesteppi

      Well done.

      May 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ralph Nader

    Sounds like GSA needs to fund another party.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • John in WNY

      Yeah, my first thought was the GSA could take it and use it as their own personal yacht.

      Ready for it?

      That way they would stay off the countries radar. har de har har!

      May 3, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Funkymonkey1

    Hmmm. I wonder why all of the bids are coming out of Columbia.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jim

      Right on Brother the Colombian Narco Drug Navy builds em for a one way trip-Davey Jones Loves em. My answer for Somali pirates, when ya catch them pirates chub the water and make em swim for shore. Problem solved

      May 3, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bruce Wayne

    You could buy it, turn it around and sell it for a lot more scrap than you bought it for...

    May 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Chris

    So is this how GSA is making up for the money they spent in Vegas?

    May 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. db

    Teh problem with a stelth ship is that it was not stelth due to it's design. It was easy to see the ship on radar! What you looked for is a blank spot moving across the water! Woops, who would have thunk that would happen. Lockeed Martin did as it was told and made the ship invisable to radar but since the water arount it gives off a reflection, the blank spot moving across the screen kind of gives it away. Oopsie. Maybe they could make a large waterfront restraunt or special hotel out of it for people having an affair so that the cheated on spouse could not see them!

    May 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy©

      Maybe I'll buy it for my husband for Father's Day.
      He always wanted a bigger boat then we have now.

      *The preceding was a joke.

      May 3, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      That was supposed to be a reply to Mama.

      May 3, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. lyrker

    What I really want is hood-mounted machine guns but those aren't street legal. So I guess this'll do.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Pat

    I just want the stealth panels to duct tape all over my car...

    May 3, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Scotthish Mama

    Give me a welder and tin cans, I will make my own. What the heck would you do with it? Does it even have a deck to party on, maybe a party barge?

    May 3, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Dirk Diggler

    When the daily expenditures of the US gov are in the billions...to attempt to make a few hundred thousand dollars off a tin garbage can is pathetic. Everybody hold on, Uncle Sam already knows that things are going further into the sh!tter!

    May 3, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy©

      Conversely, if the US didn't do this, someone would inevitabley say, LWhy didn't the US offer it to the public for sale? They could take the money and help pay down the National Debt'"

      Because you know someone would.

      May 3, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
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