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2005-07-23 Home Front: Tech
Report paints USS San Antonio as lemon
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Posted by Anonymoose 2005-07-23 16:21|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [495 views since 2007-05-07]  Top

#1 Jeebus...almost $2B for a gator freighter? And the damn thing doesn't even work?!? Thought that kind of cash would buy a Burke-class Aegis DDG.

I did a little Googling on Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, and, considering the contents of this article, was not one little bit surprised to find out that NGSS was formerly known as Litton Industries, operators of a notoriously inept shipyard in Pascagoula, MS. I was stationed in Long Beach, CA in the late 1970's, when the USS Tarawa (LHA-1) came to the LB naval shipyard for what was supposed to be a "post-shakedown availability" of apx. 2 months. It essentially turned into a full-blown overhaul of more than a year's duration - the guys in her crew echoed many of the same criticisms seen in the Navy's report about the USS San Antonio.

The "LHA" in the Tarawa's designation officially stood for "Landing Helicopter Assault", but the crew always said it stood for "Litton's Huge Abortion". You'd have thought the Navy would have learned something over thirty freaking years & had Bath Ironworks or Newport News build these damn things - I didn't think anyone was even LISTENING to Trent Lott (MS Senator) anymore!
Posted by Ricky bin Ricardo (Abu Babaloo) 2005-07-23 17:47||   2005-07-23 17:47|| Front Page Top

#2 You gotta problem with the Way Tren Loot's voters build a boat?
Posted by Mrs. Davis 2005-07-23 17:49||   2005-07-23 17:49|| Front Page Top

#3 Yur saying this isn't a new thing Ricky?
Posted by Shipman 2005-07-23 18:38||   2005-07-23 18:38|| Front Page Top

#4 Shipman, I concur with Ricky. Litton Pascagula has been known for shoddy work that slides by on first glance since the 80s, and maybe before.
Posted by Jackal">Jackal  2005-07-23 21:50|| home.earthlink.net/~sleepyjackal/index.html]">[home.earthlink.net/~sleepyjackal/index.html]  2005-07-23 21:50|| Front Page Top

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