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Suppose you’re a pirate ...
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, May 03, 2008

And suppose you're sort of loafing along the coast of East Africa looking for an unsuspecting cruise liner to attack.

And suddenly you see this coming at you:


An Imperial battle cruiser off the coast of Somalia?


Will Darth Vadar show up on deck telling you to heave too?


Just the latest in US Navy littoral combat ships (LCS 2).

This one is the Independence.

Says Instapinch, who provided the pics:
I have no idea how GenDynamics is doing, but this first ship looks absolutley wicked! Its tri-maran hull combined with the capabilities and look of a warship makes it something out of this world!
What he's referring too are the problems which have plagued this program so far:
The other ships built thus far for the LCS program have been by Lockheed Martin and have had their fair share of problems, having had two of their follow-on LCS programs cancelled for cost overruns.
But he is right - it does look wicked.
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The whole program has been suspended....the LCS has doubled, IIRC, in unit cost. The Program Manager was relieved of his duties.
Written By: Joe
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Yeah, it’s amazing how the cost goes up when the Navy changes the specs hundreds of times during construction.

Written By: Jeff Medcalf
And suddenly you see this coming at you:
To paraphrase Uncle Ruckus from The Boondocks: "I’m sorry, could you repeate that? I was too busy sh*tt*ng myself..."

I would learn a new profession five minutes ago if that thing showed up...
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Yeah, it’s amazing how the cost goes up when the Navy changes the specs hundreds of times during construction.
Sure try to protect your corporate masters and blame the Navy...What we need is more taxes to solve this problem...

Actually there’s blame, it seems to me, enough to go around, from Lock-Mart and GD low-balling the bids, anticipating changes, and realizing that once the bid is let they can jack the price up...because Congress isn’t going to do anything to them, and the USN understands that the contractors are low-balling, expecting changes, and then providing them with the changes....The process of naval contracting has got to be reformed or the fleet will run out of money.
Written By: Joe
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Reminds me some of the CSS Virginia (USS Merrimack).
Written By: Eric Chen
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Oh, yeah, Joe: there is blame to go around. The military procurement process is deeply flawed.

Written By: Jeff Medcalf
Um, let’s amend that to the *government* procurement process is deeply flawed. Anyone been involved in the government IT procurement process lately? It’s a bizarre dance of fantasy and mutual self-deception just like that described by Joe above.
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Written By: Achillea
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Speaking of pirates, just a reminder;

Don’t wait until the last minute, September will be here before you know it.
Written By: timactual
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