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8:47 AM, Apr 24, 2012   |    comments
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(NavyTimes.com) - The government is getting rid of the Navy's experimental Sea Shadow stealth boat. And if you got the goods, this sweet ride could be yours.

But there's a catch: you have to scrap the boat.

The 164-foot-long craft is up for auction by the General Services Administration and has a $10,000 minimum bid, that, as of noon Monday, had not been met. Act fast, the auction ends May 4 at 5 p.m. CST.

But wait, there's more. If you're the winning bidder, you'll also receive the Hughes Mining Barge, which has the Sea Shadow inside, like the world's most awesome nesting doll. The winning bidder needs to scrap the barge as well - which you'll probably do eagerly since it looks like a giant, boxy pile of rust. It makes the super-angular, svelte stealth boat look all the more slick and sneaky. You can pick them both up in San Diego.

The Sea Shadow program started in the mid-1980s and was designed to test new surface ship technologies, including stealthiness. The Hughes Mining Barge was developed in a top-secret CIA effort to raise a sunken Soviet submarine. Both are being scrapped after years of unsuccessful efforts to give them away to museums.

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