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NAVSEA Newswire - June 2009

JUN04-02:       Navy Re-Advertises Ex-Sea Shadow for Donation, Revises Requirements
By Naval Sea Systems Command Corporate Communications

WASHINGTON – The Navy this week re-advertised the availability of the ex-Sea Shadow and HMB 1 for donation, revising the original requirement to display both ex-Sea Shadow and the HMB 1 as a static museum/memorial.

As detailed in a June 2 Federal Register notice, potential donees can now either display the two vessels as currently configured as a single unit, or display only ex-Sea Shadow as a public museum and reactivate the HMB 1 for commercial use.

“We believe that this change in display requirements will make it easier for the Navy to donate the ex-Sea Shadow to an eligible community or non-profit organization,” said Glen Clark, deputy program manager for the Navy’s Inactive Ships Program.  “We look forward to receiving Letters of Intent from potential donees within 60 days, as requested by the Federal Register notice.  Navy ship donations promote public interest in the defense of the nation, commemorate naval history and heritage, and safeguard the preservation of historic vessels for future generations.”

Ex-Sea Shadow (IX 529) was built in 1985 to examine the application of stealth technology to naval vessels.  The vessel was developed at Lockheed Martin Redwood City, Calif., facility inside the Hughes Mining Barge (HMB 1), which functioned as a covered floating garage during construction and testing.

HMB 1 was originally developed as part of the CIA’s Project Jennifer, the top-secret effort mounted by Navy to salvage the remains of the Soviet submarine K-129 from the ocean floor.  Upon conclusion of Project Jennifer, HMB 1 was mothballed until 1982.  The Navy then towed HMB 1 to a Lockheed Martin facility in Redwood City, Calif., where it became a covered floating garage for the construction and sea trials of the Sea Shadow.

Ex-Sea Shadow and HMB 1 were removed from service in 2006.  Both vessels are currently located at the Maritime Administration’s National Defense Reserve Fleet in Suisun Bay, Calif.

Interested organizations should submit a letter of intent and executive summary by August 1, 2009. Eligible recipients include: 1) any State, Commonwealth, or possession of the United States or any municipal corporation or political subdivision thereof; 2) the District of Columbia; or 3) any organization incorporated as a non-profit entity. If more than one acceptable application is received, the Navy will award donation to the best qualified applicant based on a comparative evaluation.

The Navy has recently revised its ship donation application process to allow for three specific phases that asks applicants to submit documentation in three phases.  Phase One consists of a Letter of Intent and an Executive Summary submitted within 60 days of a Federal Register notice.  Phase Two consists of a Business/Financial and Environmental plan, and Phase Three consists of Towing, Mooring, Maintenance, and Curatorial/Museum plans.  For more information about the revised ship donation process, visit

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