Navy to auction off once-secret stealth warship
Sunday, April 29, 2012
A $50 million, once-secret stealth warship built nearly 30 years ago for the U.S. Navy is now set to be auctioned off for scrap.
The Sacramento Bee reports ( Scrap heap may be last stop for secret slice of Navy history - History - The Sacramento Bee) that the auction for the 164-foot Sea Shadow will close on Friday.
The Sea Shadow was built by Lockheed Martin in 1985 in Redwood City as a way to test radar-cloaking technology at sea.
Two years before the military deployed the F-117 Nighthawk, a stealth attack jet, and the Navy was interested to see if the technology could work in the ocean.
The lessons learned from the vessel, which from the front looks like letter "A," are used in modern warship design.
Navy spokesman Christopher Johnson said a museum home for Sea Shadow was sought, but no one was interested.
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