Tuesday, February 24, 2009

PHOTO: The Not-So-Top Secret Anymore Sea Shadow

If you want to impress your friends at the beach, why not pick up the Navy's Sea Shadow (pictured at left) and troll on up to the shore. The Sea Shadow and the Hughes Mining Barge are a couple of top secret Navy vessels that the Navy has been trying to give away to no avail so far. From FoxNews.com:

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.

"I'm fascinated by the possibilities," Frank Lennon said one morning recently. Mr. Lennon runs — or ran — a maritime museum here in Providence. He was standing in a sleet storm on a wharf below a power plant, surveying the 297-foot muck-encrusted hulk of a Soviet submarine that he owns. His only exhibit, it was open to the public until April 2007, when a northeaster hit Providence and the sub sank.
To continue reading about the Navy's latest garage sale, go to this page on FoxNews.com.


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