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. coldtexan

    Can we cram our Congressional Reps into it and give it a little shove to open water?
    The Coast Guard is bound to find it floating one day and sink it.

    May 4, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • brad

      I don't know, if it sinks the contents could fowl the water causing massive die offs of marine life, thus ending the world as we know it.

      May 4, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Yea, just paint on the side "Dorm of lonely interns and pages".

      May 4, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • scott

      Good idea. Toss in all politicians and lawyers and its even better.

      May 4, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • no nothing

      this is the best post of the week.

      May 4, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Gavin Brown

      That's about right

      May 4, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |

    Perhaps the GSA could use it as a stealth party boat.

    May 4, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. Hasher Iva

    Buy the ship only to have to scrap it? What fun is that? What a cool super yacht that would be.

    May 4, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. USS Merrimack Revived?

    Looks just like the USS Merrimack ship that defeated the Confederate Monitor during the civil war. Maybe the government is trying its hand at recycling history to make a buck!

    May 4, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim Steele

      To the guy who said it looked like the "USS Merrimack that defeated the Confederate Monitor during the civil war", I have to say that in this age of Google, there is no reason you should write something so friggin' incorrect. The Monitor was a Union ship, the "Merrimack" was a Confederate ship at the time (called the CSS Virginia, it was a wooden ship called the USS Merrimack before the war). Neither ship was defeated by the other. It was a draw. This is basic, third grade history. But you are right in that this stealth boat looks a lot like the Merrimack. I was thinking the same thing.

      May 4, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Beauvice

      All the pieces are there, you just need to put them in a different order....and replace the word defeat with "fought to a draw, but a tactical victory for the Union."

      May 4, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • sad

      Not much for actually understanding history, are you?
      1) The Monitor was the union ship.
      2) The Merrimack (CSS Vigirinia) did not defeat the Monitor. Neither ship inflicted serious damage on the other. In reality, the battle was technically a Union victory. The Monitor's mission was to keep the Virginia from sinking Union ships. The Virginia's mission was to sink Union ships. No Union ships were sunk. Monitor succeeded at its mission, the Virginia failed at hers.

      The reality is that both ships were fighting the battle with one hand tied behind their back. The Virginia wasn't carrying the proper ammo. The Monitor was using reduced powder charges. Had either been using the right load in its guns, the battle would have turned out differently.

      May 4, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Seen

      Other way around. Sorry to be nitpicky.

      May 4, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Bigboard

      It does look like the Merrimack (renamed the Virginia) after being armored. But, the Virginia (Merrimack) was the Confederate ship and the Monitor was the Union ironclad. They did duke it out in the Battle of Hampton Roads in March, 1862, but neither did much damage to the other. The Monitor later sank in heavy seas, but not as a result of battle. It was the start of the end of wooden warships.

      May 4, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. pgh

    Surprise, this is not. A cynical person might say the GSA/Navy might already have been selling these items to Mexican and South American narco-trafficers for decades on the down low. After all, if LA TSA employees are running drugs and gangsters were allowed to run drugs using US military planes during the Vietnam war (see the very good movie, American Gangster, based on the true story), not to mention Operation Fast and Furious, the inmates continue to fully running the asylum.

    May 4, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. jervyjavier

    i wish that one time phillipines have this kind of warship,,,,,to protect my beloved country

    May 4, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. TexDoc

    GSA party boat?

    May 4, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. anchorite

    Why did Reagan waste hundreds of millions of our money on this thing?

    May 4, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      So you could ask that question..

      May 4, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      Amounts to nothing when compared to what our current administration is wasting.

      May 4, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • JoePub

      You see, there was this little thing called the cold war back in the day.

      May 4, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Anarkist4d2

      The same reason Obama spent trillions to bail out Wall Street. Seemed like a good idea at the time.

      May 4, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ted

    Do I need to provide a portion of the purchase price to the GSA in return for a tax credit?

    May 4, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ivanhoe

    For more on this read the novel - king of Bat'ha - and sequel due out by summer 2012 - Tales from the East: Return of Ivanhoe

    May 4, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. WGVSr

    The real prize is the 'covered barge/floating dry dock' which was once part of the Glomar Explorer used by the CIA to recover parts of a sunken Soviet submarine.

    May 4, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dave

    Such a waste of money. The Navy tried so hard to make a stealth warship, when they already had dozens. They're called submarines.

    May 4, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  13. hah

    what idiots lets sell our military hardware. WIth our government proliferating our weapons worldwide who really needs terrorists to steal our military information

    May 4, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. nitrous

    Looks like a Civil War ironclad.

    May 4, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. jimdog33

    Coming to a cottage near you.

    May 4, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
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