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Title: "Sea Shadow" (IX-529) for sale
Post by: Koen on 16 April 2010, 10:04:53
sources:
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/0,1518,609897,00.html (http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/0,1518,609897,00.html)
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123543023154353525.html (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123543023154353525.html)

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Anybody want some top-secret seagoing vessels? The Navy has a pair it doesn't need anymore. It has been trying to give them away since 2006, and they're headed for the scrap yard if somebody doesn't speak up soon.

One is called Sea Shadow. It's big, black and looks like a cross between a Stealth fighter and a Batmobile. It was made to escape detection on the open sea. The other is known as the Hughes (as in Howard Hughes) Mining Barge. It looks like a floating field house, with an arching roof and a door that is 76 feet wide and 72 feet high. Sea Shadow berths inside the barge, which keeps it safely hidden from spy satellites.

The barge, by the way, is the only fully submersible dry dock ever built, making it very handy -- as it was 35 years ago -- for trying to raise a sunken nuclear-armed Soviet submarine. ... read more? follow the links


(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y77/AcoolVW/boats-ships-naval/seashadow.jpg)

info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_Shadow_%28IX-529%29 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_Shadow_%28IX-529%29)

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Sea Shadow is a test craft developed under a combined program by the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), the Navy, and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space Company. The Sea Shadow program was begun in the mid-1980s. Its purpose is to explore a variety of new technologies for surface ships, including ship control, structures, automation for reduced manning, seakeeping and signature control. In 1993-1994, the craft was revealed to the public and underwent daylight testing. Since 1994, Sea Shadow has been maintained in a lay-up status and is currently homeported at Naval Station San Diego. In anticipation of conducting future ship research and development testing, the U.S. Navy reactivated the Sea Shadow craft in early 1999. Sea Shadow will support risk reduction for future surface ship platforms such as DD 21, the Navy's 21st Century Land Attack Destroyer. The platform will allow the Navy to explore and test, in a realistic at-sea environment, important DD 21 advanced information and automation technologies that support reduced manning and ship survivability.


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Builder    Lockheed Martin
Power Plant    Diesel electric
Length    164 feet (49.99 meters)
Beam    68 feet (20.73 meters)
Draft    14.5 feet (4.42 meters)
Displacement    560 tons (568.99 metric tons) full load
Speed    10 knots ( mph)
Crew    10


(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y77/AcoolVW/boats-ships-naval/seashadow2.jpg)


Title: Re: "Sea Shadow" (IX-529) for sale
Post by: the_13th_redneck on 17 April 2010, 19:33:54
They don't mind giving away stealth technology?


Title: Re: "Sea Shadow" (IX-529) for sale
Post by: Koen on 17 April 2010, 20:04:37
They don't mind giving away stealth technology?


it would be cool tough to go for a pic-nic on your shippie!  :D


Title: Re: "Sea Shadow" (IX-529) for sale
Post by: TechAdmin on 17 April 2010, 22:22:25
The problem is that you may only use it as museum ship... Would be cool thingy to swap for my Llaut here in front of my house :)

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