Sea Shadow

Posted: 26 February, 2009 by SeaBart in ugly
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Dunno source, via www.fas.com

Dunno source, via http://www.fas.org

Dunno source, via www.diseno-art.com

Dunno source, via http://www.diseno-art.com

Sea Shadow

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.

Dunno source, via www.diseno-art.com

Dunno source, via http://www.diseno-art.com

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.

Dunno source, via www.fas.org

Dunno source, via http://www.fas.org

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??

Image by Andy Simmons, via www.ans-graphics.com

Image by Andy Simmons, via http://www.ans-graphics.com

And this is one of her descendants:

USS Freedom

Pennant nr : LCS-1

Picture from Reuters Pictures, via www.daylife.com

Picture from Reuters Pictures, via http://www.daylife.com

Thanx to Christina (Bowsprite) for the tip.

Wanna read more about the monster: here on gCaptain or do a Google.

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