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.
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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