The Navy on Monday confirmed the authenticity of photos revealing corrosion and oil leaks aboard the amphibious transport dock San Antonio, which began circulating on the Internet over the weekend. But a Navy spokeswoman added that the damage did not pose a danger to sailors and Marines on the deployed ship.
Meanwhile, the lube oil system leaks, which forced the ship into a repair yard in Bahrain on Oct. 31 in the middle of its maiden deployment, are expected to take longer to fix than a previously expected two weeks, Pat Dolan, spokeswoman for Naval Sea Systems Command, said Monday.
Pulling a deployed ship into the yard for repairs isn’t exactly the way things are supposed to go. Ship builders often complain about the Navy’s shifting requirements, and that’s a fair point. But revised plans don’t explain shoddy construction. Did some yard worker weld poorly one day because the Navy decided to change something?
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It doesn’t seem that the USS San Antonio is ever going to be right.
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