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. Scotthish Mama

    Party barge on the MIssissippi. Co–cktailswith giant tiger shrimp. It looks like and extra large smoker-bar-b-que pit.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John Blackadder

    Is Rupert Murdoch going to buy this ship?
    He could probably fake the demolition!

    May 3, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mymtmy

    so...we get to bid on something that was built with our money in the first place? nice.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. davonskevort

    watch the fokes in china will buy it....

    May 3, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      The Chinese already practiclly own it, since it was no doubt built with money mostly borrowed from them...

      May 3, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. edwardo!

    Think of all the coke you could smuggle with that!

    May 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Andrew

    It should be bought by some secretive billionaire and used to fight crime, terrorism and tyranny with a hand picked crew of good hearted adventurers. Oh wait, that was a TV show.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scotthish Mama

      lol. Yeah, where would you find it otherwise?

      May 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chris

    Anyone else stop and say the only people in need of a stealth warship are human smugglers, pirates, terrorist or drug runners! Why are we selling this instead of dismantling it!!!

    May 3, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • CallingBS

      "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.
      You did READ the article...right?

      May 3, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • paul

      Didn't you read the article? It says that, according to the terms of the auction, the buyer must dismantle the ship in the US. So, it will be scrapped. It can not be used as a billionaire's yacht, nor can the Chinese buy and leave the country with it.

      May 3, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      Didn't you read teh article? If you buy it, you have to dismantle it down to nothing but scrap.

      May 3, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Scotthish Mama

    Peta should buy it to fight the whale wars.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Heidi

    Yeah, I'm not surprised since that technology doesn't work if it gets wet. What a huge waste of taxpayer money.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jp

      Water dampens radio waves.

      May 3, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jp

    The ultimate survival bunker!

    May 3, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ron Burr

    Are you guys even taking the time to read the article in full or are you just scanning the headline? Your not buying a stealth ship of any kind, what your buying is the scrap metal after it is completely destroyed.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Atomico

    Just imagine: Let's party...in my warship!

    May 3, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. cnnlicksit

    How many billions was wasted on that P.O.S.?

    May 3, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jordan

    I would love to own this and bring it up to Portland, Maine where I live.
    Make it into a Restaurant/Bar/Party Spot with live local Bands.
    "The Warship Bar & Grill " !!!!
    Rock on guys.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Karl

    I have a feeling this thing will turn up in Mexico filled with cocaine.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
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