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. Parker

    sell it to israel...they need something like this

    May 4, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • awasis666

      I am sure they already have spied on the US and stole more advanced technology than this.

      May 4, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Just say "no" to Zionism

      Or to the Palestinians. They need it more.

      May 4, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. eville_!!

    I see the little tug boat in the picture, but where's the stealth ship...

    May 4, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Well played, sir.

      May 4, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • spamproof

      That's good.

      May 4, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. Norman

    If this ship is as stealthy as they claim, then how come I can see it?!
    This is false advertizing

    May 4, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. taurran

    This Justin? The ship is named Justin? Derp.

    May 4, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. Anarkist4d2

    So according to this article it's going to be scrapped even if somebody buys it. Surely that's not right, is it? If that's the case just scrap the damn thing now. This article is very contradictory

    May 4, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • fortune teller

      Nope. Nothing contradictory here. Lots of stuff is sold by the government and the only option for the purchaser is dismantling and recycling

      May 4, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. paul

    I think that the Mexican or Colombian drug lords should bid on this.. How ironic would it be for them to evade our coast guard with a ship they bought from our Navy?

    May 4, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • NN

      Duh- that is just it, the piece of junk doesn't evade anything.

      May 4, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • JimbleJamble

      Why would they need to evade their escorts?

      May 4, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. alfuso

    the first thing I thought I saw was a reproduction of the Merrimack.

    May 4, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      EXACTLY! I hope the gov't didn't pay much to 'develop' this one. Or should I say 'we' didn't pay too much?

      May 4, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. Roscoe Chait

    Turn it into a house boat. A really cool house boat... OR... why not deploy it to Somalia and use it to blast holes in pirate ships?

    May 4, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  9. Evan

    I hope they keep an eye on the entire dismantling process including checking the background of all who come into contact with the ship. The Chinese govt bought ex-Soviet aircraft carriers claiming to use them as hotels or casinos and in the end obtained information about carrier design and even put one of them into service with their fleet.

    May 4, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  10. Johnny 5

    Looks like a concrete parking lot stopper. The passengers probably have to rock themselves forward and backward to get the thing moving.

    May 4, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • dirty Joe

      It does look like a parking lot barrier! LOL. I was thinking- that thing reminds me of something I see everyday and that definitely wouldn't make a good boat.

      May 4, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  11. Devo

    why not just donate it to a museum?

    May 4, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. palintwit

    This would make a good flagship for teabaggers. They can install a rifle rack and fly a "Don't Tread On Me" flag instead of the Stars and Stripes. If it had wheels they could park it up on cement blocks next to their double-wide.

    May 4, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. Terry in Florida

    Well it made a cool prop/setting for Tomorrow Never Dies...

    May 4, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dave

    Would make a nice stealth reef if they would sink it.

    May 4, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. Fields

    Thing probably cost $1 billion or more for Lockheed Martin to build–now it is scrap. Long live the military-industrial complex!

    May 4, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
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