I literally saw 10 USCG Cutters moored in the Curtis Bay shipyard that some whiz bang engineer thought it a good idea to refit a 110’ WPB to a 123’ extending the bow and refitting the stern with a drive on davit for an inflatable.
They did little modifications to the shaft extensions and when they put the 2,000 HP to the twin screws the bull would twist!
One sank in the Florida straits!
Your taxpayers money at work.
The ones we would routinely pump put because they were stripping all systems dockside eventually were parted out and scrapped.
This comes despite some of the vessels being almost brand new. Politico noted that the Navy and Department of Defense declined to confirm or deny the FY 2023 budget request. According to an article by The Drive, the oldest example that’s still on duty is just seven years old.
The article by The Drive adds that the Navy in 2021 said that it would take years to put in place critical fixes to propulsion systems in all Freedom class vessels that it had acquired.
What the ■■■■ …how incompetent can some be who made the design, approved it, tested it and purchased it? Is anyone in jail for this multibillion dollar mistake? Do they still have a job?
Our government’s answer…oooooooooops…let’s scrap them and do it again.