Don't Troll Me Bro!: Also, isn't that the free market in action
pgh9fan: Was I the only one who read "littoral combat ship" with a preceding "C"?
Petey4335: (insert House of Cards references here)
Evil Twin Skippy: Full disclosure: I'm one of those teat sucking contractors for the Navy.The issue is not that they have to shelve these projects for a year. The problem is we are already working at the bare minimum to sustain construction moving forward as it is. If you shutter the yard for a few months, workers have mortgages and kids in college. They are going to get new work, and the goods ones are probably never coming back. At the same time, the only way you develop good tradesmen is by providing steady work over years. Our shipfitters are getting old, and there hasn't been enough work to sustain a population of younger workers to replace them.Also the Navy has plans, down to the month, to replace aging ships. As you can imagine, if it takes 2 years to build a ship and another year to test it, you can't decide tomorrow that you need a new one. Or, you get the problem like the Navy has now with the Ticonderoga Class cruiser. They were all built around the same time, they are all getting past the end of their design life, and we have nothing in the pipeline that is going to replace their capability. (The DDG-53 flight III will take up some of the slack with the improved Radar, but we have nothing that can act as a true cruiser.)
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