Brand New $500,000,000.00 Coast Guard Ship Springs Some Leaks!

via Sacramento Bee:

“Cmdr. Chris O’Neil, a Coast Guard spokesman in Washington, said engineers aren’t yet sure what why the ship is already having problems with rust and holes but they have concluded it is not a design problem in ship that cost the Coast Guard about $500 million. Similar problems have not been found in the fleet’s two other ships of the same class.

Permanent repairs are likely to take four to six weeks, O’Neil said. He added that the Coast Guard is in contact with the ship’s builder, Huntington Ingalls. The ship was constructed by Ingalls Shipbuilding of Pascagoula, Miss.”

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/08/4475782/new-coast-guard-ship-has-rust.html
from wikipedia:
“Construction of the Stratton – which now carries a crew of 123 – began in 2008 at Northrop Grumman’s Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. The vessel was christened by first lady Michelle Obama on July 23, 2010, and released to the custody of the Coast Guard on September 2, 2011.[14] Five more units are projected.[15]
Program issues

On 7 July 2009, the Government Accountability Office reported that delays in the NSC program are likely to result in “the loss of thousands of cutter operational days for conducting missions through 2017.”[16] The GAO also that month reported that problems in the NSC program have delayed the OPC program by five years.[17] The program was also plagued by structural issues, the Coast Guard historically uses its cutters extensively, typically 180 days at sea a year, furthering the problem this will often be in North Pacific and North Atlantic waters that are some of the roughest seas in the Northern Hemisphere. As such, the stresses on the Cutters are expected to be very severe. Structural Analysis showed that some parts of the cutter could be expected to survive only 3 years. This has been addressed in cutter 752 on, with the first two cutters receiving reinforcements later.[18]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Cutter

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