Young Criticizes LPD-17 Welds, Says Government Should Not Pay for Poor Craftsmanship

By Zachary M. Peterson, Rebekah Gordon / November 20, 2008 at 5:00 AM
Pentagon acquisition czar John Young today criticized the welds on the Northrop Grumman-built San Antonio (LPD-17), but said it remains to be seen if current problems with the ship lie with the builder or with the Navy. The first-of-class amphibious transport dock ship San Antonio hit a snag recently during its much- anticipated first deployment. The ship is pierside in Manama, Bahrain, where leaks in the lube oil piping system are being investigated and ultimately repaired. "All the vessels of...

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