HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » Scrap heap may be last st...
Introducing Discussionist: A new forum by the creators of DU

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 07:16 PM

Scrap heap may be last stop for secret slice of Navy history

By Matt Weiser

A secret chapter in American naval research could soon reach an ignoble close when a rusty barge and its once-classified contents leave Suisun Bay for the scrap heap.

Slipping through the sea like a black mirage on catamaran legs, the 164-foot Sea Shadow looks like something Darth Vader might fly. It is the world's only ship built to be invisible, assembled secretly in Redwood City in 1985 by the U.S. Navy and contractor Lockheed Martin at an estimated cost of $50 million.

Sea Shadow's purpose was to test radar-cloaking technology and other naval engineering innovations. Many of its breakthroughs can be seen in present-day Navy warships.

Even at nearly 30 years old, Sea Shadow remains the most radical ship afloat.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/04/29/4450648/scrap-heap-may-be-last-stop-for.html

2 replies, 2231 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 2 replies Author Time Post
Reply Scrap heap may be last stop for secret slice of Navy history (Original post)
n2doc Apr 2012 OP
annabanana Apr 2012 #1
Brother Buzz Apr 2012 #2

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 07:23 PM

1. Hey! . . Didn't I see that in "Tomorrow Never Dies"?

from 1999... Was it declassified by then?

edit for pic

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 07:39 PM

2. Sea Shadow was the inspiration for the stealth ship in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies.



I drove past the Glomar Explorer and the barge for years when they were moored just east of the Carquinez bridge. I had no idea what was in the barge.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread