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. .

    It would sure impress the chicks at the lake. That is if you could ever get the thing put back together.

    What a waste of money.

    May 4, 2012 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ray

    Wonder if that massive pile of research dollars was ever put to use.

    May 4, 2012 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      Ummmm, there are many boats in the U.S. Navy using stealth technology originally tested on this boat.

      May 4, 2012 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Notice any design similarities between the see shadow and modern US Navy warships? I think that will answer your question.

      May 4, 2012 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Amazing that you can write a sentence, yet apparently can't read one. Three inches of article too much for you?

      May 4, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. CivilWar

    Looks a bit like the Civil War Confederate ram the Merrimack!

    May 4, 2012 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
    • cykill

      wow....your right...

      May 4, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • danabashed

      I had thought the same thing...the govt. will sell u a copy of the Monitor, the Union ironclad for $200 complete with Dahlgren 10 inch cannons!

      May 4, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. terry

    Your tax $$$ at work!

    May 4, 2012 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. Natch

    Something tells me the guy who bid highest (so far) didn't read the caveat about breaking it up and recycling it. Probably figured he'd tow water skiiers behind it! 😉

    May 4, 2012 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. Pete

    Please make check out to the GSA Party fund.

    May 4, 2012 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. It would be great for drug runners...

    ...except it's so easy to spot.

    May 4, 2012 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. bernardhny1

    Why not sell it to one of our future enemies like we have done in the past with all of our technical "marvels"

    May 4, 2012 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. MightyMoo

    Buying a boat just to scrap it? I'd rather them pay me to scrap it.

    May 4, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. Me

    Would be great for the drug smugglers if it really does evade radar\sonar

    May 4, 2012 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. Lone

    Your tax dollars at work, when you there is a 50/50 chance you do pay any. Down with DoD, NASA and related spending. I hate having a powerful computer, the internet, and countless other conveniences that made their way into public application a decade or two later. Nobody will find me in my impenetrable lair of ignorance and illiteracy, ha ha!

    That is what half of you sound like. You're wrong. Stop being flippantly stupid.

    May 4, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jerry the milk

    Sea Shadow used be million dollar stealth ship. Now, it's worth $100,000. It's too much black paint....

    May 4, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jerry the milk

    As Long as NAVY renovate the ship that includes bed, TV, anything like house boat. I'll buy it. If there's nothing in it. Forget it. Too much Labor.

    May 4, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. danabashed

    I'll bid $100 on that piece of carp!!!

    May 4, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. danabashed

    What kind of armament does it carry with it? If it has a neutron bomb and 16 inch cannons, I'll buy it fer defense against incoming Iranian rockets when they attack us!!!

    May 4, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
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