The chief of the US Navy defended the service's plans to scrap nine relatively new warships in the coming fiscal year even as the service tries to keep up with China's growing fleet. Three of the littoral combat ships slated for decommissioning are less than three years old.
Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael Gilday told the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday that the anti-submarine ships could not perform their primary mission.
"I refuse to put an additional dollar against a system that would not be able to track a high-end submarine in today's environment," Gilday told the committee. He said the main reason for the early retirement was that the anti-submarine warfare system on the ships "did not work out technically." The decommissioning of the ships would save the Navy approximately $391 million, according to the service's proposed FY23 budget.
Mike Rivero addition: There was a story a few years back about two Navy ships that went straight from the shipyard to the scrap yard without ever being used. Now you know why the US spends so much on defense.
Littoral means coastal. Tens of trillions have been stolen from the DOD. That is why Russia has Mach 20 missiles and our best is one fourth of theirs in speed.