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. Brandon

    Carnival Cruise should pick it up....

    May 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chit

    And if anyone buys's your sign.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dupper

    what. A little super glue and a few weeks and it will good as new.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joe Providence

    Its not a real warship its just a hull. I would call it a waste of money but why bother – its like saying hey that water is wet.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. holymoses

    could make a great mini-ark, to ride out the doomsday scenario of Dec 21st 2012.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jack Hughes

    This reporter is an idiot, the dry dock that it comes with is two things; very expensive which isn't mentioned, and the very same dry dock used by Howard Hughes. The story should have never run because it is not a boat sale, it's a scrap metal sale and American's are getting sick and tired of these falsely 'teased' articles.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sgt. Hulka

      Lighten up, Francis.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. teleco4

    The copper, steel, and other metals are worth way more than $100,000. It's going to make some metal recycler some good money.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. NN

    An enormous waste of money coutesy the Reagan adminstration, many tens of billions. The piece of junk is full of tons of hazardous material and can't just be cut apart and crushed. That's another reason the Navy wants someone else to do it, they've already shown they can't handle that kind of job.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Olive Oyl

    Fill it with spinach and call it the SS Popeye.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JonPeter

    Why not contract to have a shipyard dismantle the ship with the navy keeping all the revenues fro selling the scrap ??

    May 3, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. john/kc

    Send it to a 3rd world country and they will scrap it cheap, as the scrapping company won't even supply its workers with protection from the hazardous materials.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Hadenuffyet

    Sell it to China , to go with their 40 year old aircraft carrier...

    May 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rosemary

    Put some smokestacks on the top, and it would look just like the Merrimack.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. wheres my mother

    dec 21 2012 is friday rebecca black sent us and oman

    May 3, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • cpc65

      Your screen name should be "wheres my meds"

      May 3, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Scott

    I can see it?

    May 3, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
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