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An unenviable fate: The last fragments of the Sea Shadow stealth ship were melted down in the USA

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The construction of the "invisible ship" in the United States was puzzled back in the 1970s. In 1978, Lockheed Martin began developing the first version of such a ship. The idea for its creation, according to the author of the publication Bussines Insider Peter Suciu, was based on similar projects in the field of aircraft construction, which began to develop around the same time.


Initially, Lockheed Martin introduced a cigar-shaped body design. Its flat corner surfaces were much less noticeable, and also drowned out the sounds of the engine and internal noises inside the ship. Subsequently, experts have carried out numerous acoustic studies and have achieved even more impressive results.

However, the Pentagon did not show much interest in these studies until the head of the Skunk Works Ben Rich justified all the benefits of using this technology in the construction of surface ships. As a result, the company was awarded a contract with the US Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the implementation of concepts and stealth materials for surface ships, as well as for testing the effects of sea water on materials used to achieve stealth. Thus began the creation of Sea Shadow, which took place in an atmosphere of the deepest secrecy.

The promising ship was distinguished by the unique Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull (SWATH), which gave it the shape of a catamaran. The prototype was assembled at an underwater shipyard in Redwood City, California. The length of the vessel was 50 meters, width - 21 meters, weight - 572 tons. The ship could reach a speed of 28 knots (52 km / h).

The ship required a crew of only four people - the commander, navigator, helmsman and engineer. The first tests of the ship took place in 1981. Peter Suciu characterizes them as disappointing: the ship's wake was huge and could be detected using sonar. The cause of this problem was the installation of the motor propellers, after which they were remade.

In 1984, the company completed the construction of an experimental prototype. In 1985 and 1986. Sea Shadow has been tested. But he never made it past this stage. Although, as Suciu writes, the US Navy still used many of the developments that were subsequently used in the construction of Zumwalt class ships.

In 1993, the US Department of Defense introduced an experimental stealth ship to the public. Soon the ship was used in the filming of the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). In 1999, the ship was re-commissioned for several years, based in San Diego.

In 2006, the US Navy put up the experimental ship Sea Shadow for sale, but no one showed the due interest in it. This was due to the fact that the buyer would not be able to use the vessel for its intended purpose and the only thing he could do with the vessel was scrapping.

It is not very clear why the American military did not offer such an interesting example of shipbuilding to a museum or other organization engaged in the study of stories naval forces. Ultimately, in 2012, Sea Shadow was sold for scrap, subsequently cut. Now it has become known that the last fragments of his structure were remelted like ordinary metal. This is how the US attempt to create a "stealth ship" ended ingloriously. His fate was unenviable.

Now the US has implemented the Zumwalt project, which is classified as a stealth destroyer. However, this project has its own nuances. It is still not clear what weapons the US Navy is going to use on these ultra-expensive destroyers and in what capacity these ships will be used.
Photos used:
Wikipedia / US Navy employee - http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/factfile/ships/ship-sea.html
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  1. The leader of the Redskins
    The leader of the Redskins 17 May 2021 13: 30
    +15
    As for me - in vain. Could have used it more than once in science fiction films.
    And then - to conduct excursions around it.
    1. credo
      credo 17 May 2021 13: 37
      +10
      For a sci-fi movie, the Pentagon might suggest Zumwalt. He sometimes swims unlike that. Although with the massive use of computer graphics, the need for full-scale ships will soon disappear by itself.
    2. Incvizitor
      Incvizitor 17 May 2021 13: 58
      +1
      007 had all these movie prodigies at the most.
    3. xorek
      xorek 17 May 2021 18: 41
      +2
      Quote: Leader of the Redskins
      As for me - in vain. Could have used it more than once in science fiction films.
      And then - to conduct excursions around it.

      The USA can do anything, their money is not measured (the machine will print new ones and the whole world will pay) .. But Russia cannot be so wrong, alas.
      Wunderwawl is still in the picture .. laughing
  2. GAndr
    GAndr 17 May 2021 13: 43
    +4
    Quote: Leader of the Redskins
    As for me - in vain. Could have used it more than once in science fiction films.
    And then - to conduct excursions around it.

    Already filmed this something, it seems in a film about Bond ...
  3. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 17 May 2021 13: 49
    +2
    I would buy to carry tourists in Sochi for a ruble, and every month they would paint it with graphic artists. It's a pity that such a yacht disappeared!
    1. bk0010
      bk0010 17 May 2021 16: 18
      +3
      Yes, they would have found buyers there, closer and to the south, they would have taken them immediately and for cash. And then
      This was due to the fact that the buyer would not be able to use the vessel for its intended purpose.
      1. tralflot1832
        tralflot1832 17 May 2021 16: 21
        0
        Greedy, these could pour dollars on his weight.
  4. Thrifty
    Thrifty 17 May 2021 13: 50
    +3
    They have zumwalts, almost 3 pieces, a kind of "written sack" for the fleet, so it's okay!
  5. krops777
    krops777 17 May 2021 14: 08
    +3
    It is still not clear what kind of weapons the US Navy is going to use on these ultra-expensive destroyers and in what capacity these ships will be used.


    Say, in Russia, the money of the military budget is sawing, but our Americans do not even hold a candle.
    1. den3080
      den3080 17 May 2021 14: 14
      0
      Quote: krops777
      It is still not clear what kind of weapons the US Navy is going to use on these ultra-expensive destroyers and in what capacity these ships will be used.


      Say, in Russia, the money of the military budget is sawing, but our Americans do not even hold a candle.

      Skunk - Skunk. Skunk Works (in article) - Skunk Works? smile
      1. voyaka uh
        voyaka uh 17 May 2021 21: 58
        +4
        Exactly. Comic name ("stinkers", type).
        But it stuck.
        They made several planes.
        NGAD is the next fighter, also their development.
      2. Rzzz
        Rzzz 18 May 2021 00: 32
        +1
        How can you not know such an iconic office in military technology? Although it is an enemy office, its toys are on the verge of fantasy, one has only to admire.
  6. Pereira
    Pereira 17 May 2021 14: 15
    -2
    Of course, the oligarchs' yachts are much more comfortable. But THIS is cooler.
  7. TermNachTer
    TermNachTer 17 May 2021 14: 15
    +2
    "Lockheed" once again wanted to "napar" his native Washington Reich Chancellery, but "did not grow together"))) But, it does not matter, they will win back at F - 35)))
  8. Coward
    Coward 17 May 2021 14: 16
    +6
    The experimental sample was collected at an underwater shipyard in

    Eeeee, translation difficulties?
  9. Avior
    Avior 17 May 2021 14: 17
    +8
    An incomprehensible article, neither in meaning nor in design.
    In the 80s, a small experimental ship of less than 600 tons with a displacement of, the size of a small missile boat, was built, the main feature of which is not stealth, but a small area of ​​the waterline, after almost thirty years it was dismantled for metal due to wear.
    And now, seven years after the event, for some reason they decided to write about it on VO.
    What for?
    1. Mitroha
      Mitroha 17 May 2021 15: 08
      -2
      Quote: Avior
      What for?

      Now it has become known that the last fragments of his structure were remelted like ordinary metal. This is how the US attempt to create a "stealth ship" ended ingloriously. His fate was unenviable.

      Maybe this will make it easier for you to understand hi
      1. Avior
        Avior 17 May 2021 15: 39
        +5
        And on what metal are the ships subject to wear and tear being remelted?
        Unusual?
        And what did you understand from the above fragment?
        That a small, experienced boat to be scrapped was cut into metal seven years ago?
        Eka is unprecedented to write an article about this in many years.
  10. Maks1995
    Maks1995 17 May 2021 14: 23
    +3
    Taki, nafig I will be able to search.
    An experimental small boat, I suppose it's useless and useless, except to test the regimes of the old Stealth 30 years ago.
  11. mmaxx
    mmaxx 17 May 2021 14: 26
    +2
    Stop people!
    Here you have to throw on the fan! Well this is cutting the dough! Floating Hochma. See how this iron is similar to the battleships of the Civil War. In the USA, if that.
  12. Season
    Season 17 May 2021 14: 36
    +1
    For the development of the budget, it is a very weighty trough. In general, Dolce & Gabbana (Expensive and Stupid).
  13. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 17 May 2021 14: 41
    +3
    Sedimentary thought, the Zumwalt irons are next in line !!! good
  14. Kerensky
    Kerensky 17 May 2021 14: 43
    +2
    The ship required a crew of only four people - the commander, navigator, helmsman and engineer.

    A decrease in the number of posts leads to a more complicated management, and it also affects the survivability considerably. This is not space - no need to be wise. And there is a whole MCC sitting there.
    Can you imagine how much information each crew member should receive and work out ?!
    And how did they meet the 572 tons? There must be one copper in the wiring ...
    1. cniza
      cniza 17 May 2021 16: 23
      +1
      It was a prototype - a model ...
      The prototype was assembled at an underwater shipyard in Redwood City, California. The length of the vessel was 50 meters, width - 21 meters, weight - 572 tons. The ship could reach a speed of 28 knots (52 km / h).
    2. Rzzz
      Rzzz 18 May 2021 00: 39
      0
      Quote: Kerensky
      how did they meet the 572 tons?

      Yes, 572 tons is a lot of shit. With such dimensions, the steamer should be made of fairly thick steel. Didn't they use composites and light alloys at all?
      1. Kerensky
        Kerensky 18 May 2021 01: 19
        0
        Do you know the command: "Crank mechanisms mechanically, hydraulically, pneumatically and manually"?
        Did they have duplication with such a crew?
  15. cniza
    cniza 17 May 2021 16: 21
    +1
    Now it has become known that the last fragments of his structure were remelted like ordinary metal.


    But they also earned a lot of money ...
  16. Petrol cutter
    Petrol cutter 17 May 2021 16: 42
    +3
    "It is not very clear why such an interesting piece of shipbuilding was not offered by the US military to a museum or other organization that studies the history of the naval forces. In the end, in 2012, Sea Shadow was sold for scrap metal."
    Really. Generally speaking, the ship is very interesting. And there are suspicions that we will turn to this design later. One way or another / sooner or later.
    At the moment, thanks to our American partners.
    They worked out a certain option. Option - at this stage did not go. This saves us money. Big money for R&D. hi
  17. bolt
    bolt 17 May 2021 20: 41
    +1
    ... Initially Lockheed Martin unveiled the hull design in the form of a cigar. Its flat corner surfaces possessed ...


    I wonder what and how much the Author smoked, if he could see not only the "flat and angular surfaces" of the cigar, but also the "underwater shipyards" of the Americans?
  18. certero
    certero 18 May 2021 15: 52
    +2
    It's good for a country that has so much money to spend on such experiments.
    1. your1970
      your1970 28 May 2021 15: 32
      0
      Quote: certero
      It's good for a country that has so much money to spend on such experiments.

      The USSR also spent no less, on ekranoplanes, for example ...
  19. Just a Traveler
    Just a Traveler 18 May 2021 16: 25
    0
    One can only be glad for people ... they can afford it.
  20. Butchcassidy
    Butchcassidy 18 May 2021 22: 14
    0
    <Looking at the lines of the ship> and this crap is definitely meant to plow the okyan seas?))