Russian sub president's next target: old Navy vessels
11:55 AM Tue, Feb 24, 2009 | Permalink
PROVIDENCE -- Frank Lennon, the president of the now-shuttered Russian Submarine Museum, made the front page of the Wall Street Journal today, saying he'd be interested in turning a pair of top secret, decommissioned vessels that the Navy is trying to get rid of into museums.
The vessels are a two-in-one: Sea Shadow, which was the Navy's first experimental "stealth" ship, berths inside the Hughes Mining Barge, which is the only fully submersible dry dock ever built. The Navy has been trying to give them away since 2006.
"I'm fascinated by the possibilities," Lennon is quoted as saying in the article.
Absent from the discussion, however was how Lennon and his organization, the USS Saratoga Foundation, would propose to pay for preservation of the ships.
The foundation's own war vessel-turned-museum, a decommissioned Russian submarine, had been so badly damaged in a storm in 2007 that it had to be closed.
In December, the foundation agreed to hand over the badly deteriorated sub to Rhode Island Recycled Metals, which was to move the submarine downriver to the company's Allens Avenue property, most likely for scrap.