IMO Pennant Mark : IX-529
Build : 1985 on Lockheed Martin’s Redwood City Facility, California in the USA, nr ??
You are not really supposed to see this ship, she is supposed to be highly secret! And besides being for selective eyes only, which she clearly isn’t anymore, she is stealthy!! Yeah, she is supposed to be invisible, for RADAR that is……anyway: she was build in 1985 to test stealth technology and a load of other things, all highly secret & hush-hush of course. In 1993 she was pushed out of the closet and the public got a first peek at her. Now she is redundant and awaiting her faith, probably being donated to a Maritime Museum off some kind.
Btw: she is a SWATH, Small Water Plane Area Twin Hull: below the water are submerged twin hulls, each with a propeller and that makes her remarkably stable in rough seas.
Apparantly she was the inspiration to the villains stealthy ship in the James Bond movie “Tomorrow never dies”.
I think they should have kept her secret, would have saved the world of this ugly monster.
And don’t you agree that are more than a few similarities to one of the old monsters of the “seas”: iron-clad CSS Virginia??
And this is one of her descendants:
Pennant nr : LCS-1
Thanx to Christina (Bowsprite) for the tip.
Wanna read more about the monster: here on gCaptain or do a Google.