Who Wants to Buy a Stealth Ship?

Who wants to buy the U.S. Navy’s original stealth ship? Yup, the Lockheed Martin-built Sea Shadow is being auctioned off from its home in the Suisun Bay ghost fleet in California. You’d better hurry up and bid since the price is already north of $100,000 (still  bargain, you get the stealthy ship and the historic floating dry dock she’s moored inside.) Here are the details. Happy Friday!

HE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE BEING SOLD AS ONE LOT AND ARE NOT TO BE SEPARATED UNTIL AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE GOVERNMENT FACILITY. THE EX-SEA SHADOW (IX-529), YEAR BUILT: 1983, BUILDER: LOCKHEED MARTIN, OVERALL LENGTH: 164 FEET, WATERLINE LENGTH: 118 FEET, EXTREME BEAM 68 FEET, WATERLINE BEAM: 58 FEET, MAXIMUM NAVIGATIONAL DRAFT: 15 FEET, DRAFT LIMIT: 15 FEET, LIGHT DISPLACEMENT: 499 TONS, HULL MATERIAL: STEEL HULL AND SUPERSTRUCTURE, DIESEL ELECTRIC PROPULSION SYSTEM, NUMBER OF PROPELLERS: TWO. (THE EX-SEA SHADOW SHALL BE DISPOSED OF BY COMPLETELY DISMANTLING AND SCRAPPING WITHIN THE U.S.A. DISMANTILING IS DEFINED AS REDUCING THE PROPERTY SUCH AS IT HAS NO VALUE EXCEPT FOR ITS BASIC MATERIAL CONTENT.) THE EX-HUGHES MINING BARGE (HMB-1), COVERED SEMI-SUBMERSIBLE DECK CARGO BARGE/FLOATING DRY-DOCK (WITH DOCKED EX-SEA SHADOW (IX-529) ON BOARD.) HMB-1 – LIGHT DISPLACEMENT: 4,585 TONS, LENGTH OVER ALL): 324 FEET, BREATH: 106.8 FEET, DEPTH: 18.8 FEET, HEIGHT OF WING WALLS ABOVE MAIN DECK: 62 FEET, LENGTH INSIDE WING WALLS: 276 FEET, WIDTH INSIDE WING WALLS: 76.6 FEET, YEAR BUILT: 1972, DRAFT: FORWARD: 8 FEET, AFT: 9 FEET, AIR DRAFT: 97.7 FEET, BUILDER: NATIONAL STEEL SHIP BUILDING COMPANY, SAN DIEGO, CA., CONSTRUCTION: WELDED STEEL, SPOON BOW AND FLAT BOTTOM WITH 18 INCH DEAD RISE, AND RADIUS BILGE PLATING. THESE ITEMS ARE BEING SOLD AS ONE LOT AND WILL NOT BE SEPERATED. IN ORDER TO BID ON THIS LOT, BIDDERS WILL NEED TO REQUEST A BID BUTTON BY PROVIDING A BID DEPOSIT IN THE AMOUNT OF $10,000, AND A SIGNED COPY OF THE ATTACHED STATEMENT OF INTENT (COMPLETELY FILLED OUT). BIDDERS MUST AGREE TO ALL OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS ON THE STATEMENT OF INTENT. IF ANY TERM OR CONDITIONS IS NOT AGREED TO OR IF NO BID DEPOSIT IS PROVIDED, BIDDERS WILL BE CONSIDERED NON-COMPLIANT AND NO BID BUTTON WILL BE ASSIGNED.

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  • FormerDirtDart

    Ummm..you would be buying the dry dock, and basically the materials of the Sea Shadow.
    The Sea Shadow must be dismantled “(THE EX-SEA SHADOW SHALL BE DISPOSED OF BY COMPLETELY DISMANTLING AND SCRAPPING WITHIN THE U.S.A. DISMANTILING IS DEFINED AS REDUCING THE PROPERTY SUCH AS IT HAS NO VALUE EXCEPT FOR ITS BASIC MATERIAL CONTENT.)”

  • passingby

    it’s worth less than a heap of scrap metal after cost and headaches.

    better spend the money on a nice pretty sail boat. At least you and your family (or girlfriends if you’re single) get to actually enjoy it.

  • Kooch

    China is buying it. They are turning it into a casino.

    • passingby

      China already has the largest and most profitable casinos on land and in the sea. They have been a source of social headaches for the CCP.

      China could use more scrap metal though.

  • majr0d

    What a shame! What you are actually buying is scrap metal after the military renders it nonusable.

  • Matt Holzmann

    depending on how much metal there is inside and what metals it is constructed of a lot of the worth may be difficult to extract.

    Can’t I buy it like John Wayne bought Wild Goose? You could convert it for stealthy high speed dinner cruises out of Fisherman’s Wharf. Put in windows and a dance floor and get some tribe to buy it and you could make it a casino as well.

  • Mitch S.

    What could be secret on a 29yr old ship that it can’t be removed so it doesn’t have to be scrapped?
    The shape is known. China and Russia already have samples of newer stealth coatings (besides only a small piece of scrap would be needed, so even dismantling it would unlikely secure all that material).

    I bet billionaires such as Larry Ellison and Paul Allen would bid big bucks just for the bragging rights to having such a unique yacht.
    I wonder if the DOD wants it scrapped ’cause they’d be embarrassed to see it used as someones toy. To which I say “Screw that we need the bucks!”

    • Nadnerbus

      I tend to agree. If its got super secret gear or materials, remove them and sell the hull to the highest bider intact. Get some return on your original investment. The hull form doesn’t seem particularly radical anymore with the likes of the Zumwalts on the building ways.

  • blight_

    Amusing, the HMB-1 was the system paired with the Glomar Explorer as part of Project Jennifer…

    • FormerDirtDart

      Project Azorian, Jennifer was a security classification of the project

  • Lance

    Buy it for the next Jame Bond movie??? LOL

  • stephen russell

    2 bad cant use Sea Shadow for a Museum shop Or these:
    Yacht
    Cruise boat, (add windows).
    Tour Boat?
    Dive Boat ( add drop down platform).
    Darn Govt Regs.

  • Kool Guy

    Is Lockheed Martin seriously out of money? or they just out of their mind? Selling it for 100k USD, for sure China can afford that crap easily and just buy it for fun and see if they can get tech boost out of that.

  • Mitch S.

    It (well a movie imitation of it) was already used in a Bond movie back in the 90’s (I recall Pierce Brosnan was Bond and Jonathan Pryce was the bad guy).

    The whole Glomar Explorer thing was so Bond movie like. Only question is whether the Bond producers were more influenced by the Glomar Explorer or more likely (given the CIA op was only known to the public years after the classic Bond movies were made) was the CIA influenced by the Bond movies?!

  • Pat

    What’s so stealthy about this…

    • tiger

      A lot. Electric drives, black for night ops, invisable to radar, little wake.

  • Big-Rick

    if there was no requirement to scrap and say there was a requirement to keep it US flagged i.e. no foreign buyers, then it would be priceless, the Feds could get $1M easily for it.

    • tiger

      We paid $195 miliion to build it.

    • FormerDirtDart

      They’ve been trying to get rid of it for six years, no one wants it. That’s why they are selling it off as scrap

  • jake

    Y r they seeking that for?

  • jake

    Selling

  • Roland

    Sell it to the Philippines. They are currently looking for cheap and second hand navy ships and subs for their territorial defense.

  • Jon

    Here is a better bid link, the one you guys give is broken. http://gsaauctions.gov/gsaauctions/aucdsclnk?sl=3

    • passingby

      I bid 1 Million, zero down, zero interest for 1 million years. seller pays shipping and handling.

  • Dfens

    We pay out the ass for the small signature reduction the Navy gets in all of their latest ships, and the one ship they have that actually is stealthy they can’t wait to sell for scrap. Do you need to have a brain-ectomy to be in charge of the Navy or is that just a bonus qualification?

  • Hotel55

    Give it to the SEALs! They’ll figure out some way to use it, like for pirate fighting! It would make a great sniper platform you could pull up pretty close to targets / installations…

  • JE McKellar

    Could the ship be used for smuggling? I know it’s easier to smuggle stuff in the standard shipping containers, but since there’s a handful of drug subs out there, there must be some need for special-purpose smuggling boats. I imagine the best use would be to move stuff across empty ocean, to a point behind the interdiction lines where small boats could be used to bring the shipment ashore.

    Piracy might be an option, too. Station the dock on some private island athwart a shipping channel, send the Sea Shadow out at night with some small boats.

    Just have to reassemble the ship after you’ve “scrapped” it.

    • guess

      I like how you think

  • Woody

    Selling it for scrap….hmmm, who the hell would pay that if you couldnt use as a boat?…..scrap isnt worth the trouble…What a stupid idea, why then dosnt Lockheed just scrp it then and just put the money in their petty cash account?….maybe I’m not up enough on such things but it all sounds stupid…and a real waste of time….and money…

    • blight_

      Ben and Kelly are dead, so they aren’t around to wring their hands and reinforce Kelly’s Unwritten Rule about not doing business with the Navy.

    • DGR

      In the Navy and the Air Force when a new generation of ships/airplanes come out, the old ones are scrapped/sold to friendly countries who can use it. Its very expensive to mantain assets you have no plan to use in the near future. I forget how long ago, but there is an article floating around somewhere about the entire spare Navy that is just waiting to be scrapped. I dont remember the numbers or anything, but there are a lot of ships waiting to be cut up and melted down. Just like the Bone yard of the Air Force, just a airforce base with hundreds/thousands of planes waiting to be scrapped.

  • Alex

    If we get 100,000 people to donate 1$ we could buy it “scrap” is then hire welders to rebuild it to the same specs, and then we could use it for frivolous things like a fishing boat, personal boat, tourist boat, a casino like everyone above me suggested, or a museum would be pretty cool. How much gas does it take though, and would we have to talk to bp to fill it up :o maybe that’s why the oil spill happened, someone didn’t wait 2-4 seconds after refueling before they took the nozzle out. Lol

  • Alex

    If we get 100,000 people to donate 1$ we could buy it “scrap” is then hire welders to rebuild it to the same specs, and then we could use it for frivolous things. How much gas does it take though, and would we have to talk to bp to fill it up :o maybe that’s why the oil spill happened, someone didn’t wait 2-4 seconds after refueling before they took the nozzle out. Lol

  • Ramon Cuadras

    I see it in the distance from the Benicia-Martinez Bridge on my way home from work every day. I think at one point it was up for donation. I don’t know why the Coast Guard couldn’t use it to track down those subs smuggling drugs from colonial.

  • 4FingerOfBourbon

    I would make a kick ass crab fishing boat out of it..

  • Roland

    I believe tech like this should not go to waste. We spent billions on it so use it. The problem is we keep on building mothballing something without having an idea how many we need, it’s capability, reliability and what we were going to use it for in 20 years and against future enemy with the same tech. We need good QC and micro managers with excellent experience and background.

    • blight_

      The Sea Shadow never had a future as an armed vessel. It was only ever meant to test a particular hullform, though Ben Rich’s book suggests it was intended to be first of a series of picket stealth vessels, possibly designed for air defense. But that’s conjecture. The catamaran/SWATH hull paved the way for a few ships like it today.

    • tiger

      I could say the same about the PHM hydrofoils. Today, just one a back water river in Missouri. http://www.hnsa.org/ships/aries.htm

  • Kski

    WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY SMOKING!!!!!!!!!! Hey lets put a then TOP SECRET ship up for sale. Its one thing if you need money, BUT IM WILLING TO BET THE FIRST BIDDER ORIGINATED FROM THE PRC! There out for our tech people, WE CAN NOT SELL IT TO THEM, WE MIGHT ASWELL SAY WE SHALL BOW DOWN TO YOU AS OUR OVERLORDS. We must take it off the market immediatly and dispose of it!!!!!!

  • longshadow

    it seems like it would be easy for the buyer to put a team of engineers on it, map out every joint and riviet, and then scrap it per the agreement. Then they could build a new one to spec and throw in a couple of modern day comforts.

  • Jaz

    Here’s the newest ship for in the Sea Shepard’s fleet on Whale Wars… wouldn’t even have to change the name…

  • P.J. Busche

    I remember in ’72 when the Navy first envisioned this war ship. And now 40 years later it is stillborne.

  • Lance Winslow

    Now that would make a bitchen private yacht.

  • jimfromcanada

    There is always some information to be gleaned from old experimental platforms. That means it needs to be scrapped to keep it out of the hands of other countries.

  • windsailor

    I don’t read of a time frame that the dismantling has to be done by, it could be used and them at some time

  • Pkade

    Narco importers would love to get their hands on this boat.

  • adill

    forget about the stealth boat, cut it down to scrap. But I would love the Huge floating drydock HMB1. Now that’s a keeper.

  • Roland

    Now this is one the things I am sad to see when it go to the wrong hands.

  • Roland

    What if the bidders are Al-quida, Taliban, Somali pirates, Haqqini,Hamas,Drug traffikers, Iran, China or Russia? Are you still gonna sell? I hate to see this fall on the wrong hands.