It’s an oil platform with a giant golf ball on it. No, it’s an an oceangoing catamaran. No, wait, it’s the “Sea-Based X-Band Radar”:http://www.mda.mil/mdalink/pdf/sbx.pdf. Supposed to be “based in Adak, Alaska”:http://www.mda.mil/mdalink/html/sbx.html, it’s been hanging around sunny Hawaii for the longest time now.
“So said William Cole”:http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20090222/COLUMNISTS32/902220354/-1 last month in the _Honolulu Advertiser_:
Since the “giant golfball” arrived here in 2006 from Corpus Christi, Texas, for a temporary stay, it has spent 307 cumulative days in Pearl Harbor, and 791 days out in the Pacific for testing or operations, according to the MDA.
Has it ever pulled into port in Adak?
“No,” the Missile Defense Agency said in an e-mailed response to questions from The Advertiser.
Did the SBX, as it is known, remain outside port in Adak?
“It loitered in the vicinity of Adak for two weeks in 2007,” MDA said.
Well, if you were a giant oceangoing catamaran, where would you prefer to be?
If North Korea’s launch “goes as planned”:http://www.armscontrolwonk.com/2220/dprks-stay-clear-zones, SBX — as it is known — won’t have to roam far to get a good look. It can “take its time”:http://www.totalwonkerr.net/1938/weekend-project.