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The 'top secret' stealth boats designed for Navy SEALs that are regularly spotted on the Columbia
Daily Mail ^ | 16:45 EST, 30 May 2014 | Daily Mail Reporter

Posted on 05/31/2014 12:17:22 PM PDT by null and void

• For more than a decade there have been sightings of unusual high-speed watercraft patrolling up and down the Columbia River
• It isn't clear if Sealion ll has ever even become semi-operational, but the program remains active because new boats keep appearing on the river

The Navy's intention was to use the craft as a medium-range method of transporting SEALs without being appearing on the enemy's radar

Known simply as Sealion, it measured 71 feet and required a crew of one or two sailors to operate. It was capable of 40 knots under normal conditions and no less than 30 knots in sea states as high as level five.

A rear opening garage-like door would allow for deployment and recovery of these craft with relative ease and without compromising the boat's stealth capabilities for more than a short period of time

It appears to have been a refinement of the original design and is rumored to have offered an even lower radar cross section than its predecessor, but was also big enough to carry an unspecified number of SEALs and a modular mission payload.

The state-of-the-art electronics suite included a retractable FLIR turret, communications array and radar, along with a highly automated command and control system.

Another supposed benefit of the Sealion ll was that it could be used to sneak up on a moving target, such as a large ship.

Even boaters who have spotted a Sealion visually as it is semi-submerged say that it does not show up on their commercial grade radars, which is at least some proof to the Sealion's cloaking capabilities


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1 posted on 05/31/2014 12:17:22 PM PDT by null and void
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To: null and void

Heavily edited to fit the 300 word limit.


2 posted on 05/31/2014 12:17:51 PM PDT by null and void (Fascists never think they're fascists. They just think everybody should obey them.)
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To: null and void

It’s too bad they didn’t call it the Virginia. Just needs a rebel
Battle ensign or a Naval Jack
To really make it kewl!!


3 posted on 05/31/2014 12:28:39 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: null and void

I’m surprised Øbozo didn’t order them painted bright red - so as to display a better target to our enemies.


4 posted on 05/31/2014 12:31:37 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: null and void

VERY, VERY, VERY cool water craft!!


5 posted on 05/31/2014 12:34:57 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: null and void
without being appearing

Is the author Russian?

If the boats are on the water in the open they're obsolete and no one cares if you see it.

6 posted on 05/31/2014 12:42:21 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: Travis McGee

Ping.


7 posted on 05/31/2014 12:46:25 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: null and void

All they needed was to call Reggie Fountain and he could have built this stuff cheap. And better.


8 posted on 05/31/2014 12:54:17 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (NO MORE IRS!)
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To: null and void

I can’t see anything in the water!!!!!!!!!!!!


9 posted on 05/31/2014 12:54:27 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: tet68
Exactly what I was thinking


10 posted on 05/31/2014 1:00:15 PM PDT by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: Regulator
Didn't occur to me until you said it, but it makes perfect sense. Stealth, schmealth, sez me! Just how far along in full-on cloaking the Navy's labs have gone, I wonder.
11 posted on 05/31/2014 1:01:05 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Chuckster

Thank you for that drawing. I never knew the ship was that big - I just thought it was pretty much the part you see from the surface with a few guys scrunched together!


12 posted on 05/31/2014 1:08:16 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: null and void

Have the drug cartels ordered any yet?


13 posted on 05/31/2014 1:14:42 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: null and void

Optimally, you would think that such a craft would also be capable of submerging just enough, at a much slower speed, of course, to be much like a whale, not very visible unless you are right on top of it.


14 posted on 05/31/2014 1:25:21 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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15 posted on 05/31/2014 1:49:39 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
Optimally, you would think that such a craft would also be capable of submerging just enough, at a much slower speed, of course, to be much like a whale, not very visible unless you are right on top of it.

Note the water line on the left half of this drawing:


16 posted on 05/31/2014 2:19:59 PM PDT by null and void (Fascists never think they're fascists. They just think everybody should obey them.)
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To: null and void

When will Obama sell the plans to China?


17 posted on 05/31/2014 4:21:20 PM PDT by baddog 219
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To: null and void

Loose lips sink ships


18 posted on 05/31/2014 7:22:24 PM PDT by Buffalo Head (Illigitimi non carborundum)
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To: Buffalo Head

19 posted on 05/31/2014 7:33:01 PM PDT by null and void (Fascists never think they're fascists. They just think everybody should obey them.)
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To: null and void
... patrolling up and down the Columbia River between Portland, Oregon and Vancouver in Canada.

The Columbia River does not go between between Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, B.C.

20 posted on 05/31/2014 7:36:37 PM PDT by steve86 ( Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: Chuckster

That one’s stealth except for the black smoke, which can be seen for 20 miles. But other than that, it’s pretty stealth.


21 posted on 05/31/2014 7:46:01 PM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: steve86

Vancouver WA, I bet.

One must pass an incompetence test to be a reporter.


22 posted on 05/31/2014 7:49:48 PM PDT by null and void (Fascists never think they're fascists. They just think everybody should obey them.)
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