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Senate Cites Navy Fraud, New Ships Useless

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By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor

Two senators, John McCain and Jack Reed, in the letter below to the Secretary of the Navy, John Mabus, cite the new Littoral Combat Ship costing endless billions as a useless boondoggle.

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It isn’t like this is the only useless boondoggle the Navy is up to recently, not by a long shot.

Lockheed has now for years endangered American defense through endless lobbying and obfuscation, pushing forward a program doomed to fail before it began.  This comes on the heels of the recent announcements that the new high speed catamaran transport ships from Austral Ltd. are useless as well and now training coffers with millions for a quick and dirty fix.

The $2 billion spent for aluminum Expeditionary Fast Transports will not only never be recovered, the capability will never be met, in this case, a crippling blow.

“The Navy accepted compromises in the bow structure, presumably to save weight, during the building of these ships,” Gilmore wrote lawmakers, including Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, in a September letter that wasn’t previously disclosed. “Multiple ships of the class have suffered damage to the bow structure.”

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6 Responses to "Senate Cites Navy Fraud, New Ships Useless"

  1. sven kliest  February 11, 2016 at 3:50 am

    America use to have a shipyard, shipbuilding industry that was considered one of the best in the world. The andes,pacer,C5, T5,San Clemente class are designs that would still be useful today especially retro fitted with modern plants

  2. Edward Longshanks  February 11, 2016 at 2:33 am

    I hace no idea about construction. But the compromise between speed, sailing-range, weight and a sea-going bow is so old as the marine history itself.
    Famous example are the 2 German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau during WW2, they suffered a lot by this problem.
    And not only the US tax-payers pay the bill, the rest of us pay it, too.
    The suppressor forces us with aircraft carriers to buy the worthless US$.
    This is the cheapest kind of war.

  3. Jim W. Dean, Managing Editor  February 10, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Oh my, this is a Navy Secretary’s worst night mare, basically being called a liar.

  4. Altimometer  February 10, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Another symptom of the permanent war crimes racket.

  5. seafrog  February 10, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I agree. And to some extent it is reminiscent of the banker bailouts that added to the pile of debt that our descendants for a long time must pay. Perhaps we as a people should demand all these buffoons are held accountable – maybe put them in the jails for profit they so willingly approve to further add to our misery. I like the way Iceland handled their “problem” – jail the bankers, erase the “debt”. We tell the war profiteers to piss up a rope, and our own icing on the cake would be to enact Major General Smedley Butlers vision for avoiding future wars. If that does not work, maybe “Blood Eagle” will work LOL and har, hardee, har har..

  6. russscott  February 10, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Good analysis… Here we are now, entertain us…should be our theme song

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