This is the type of entitlemennt spending that needs re-examined.
Two years after the San Antonio’s first deployment, which included a weeks-long stop in Bahrain for emergency engine repairs, the ship has yet to return to sea. And in recent months new details that paint an even grimmer picture of the ship’s early years have emerged, including the near- collision in the Suez Canal, which The Virginian-Pilot has not previously reported.
In October, after spending more than $40 million on repairs, the Navy announced that the San Antonio wouldn’t be ready to deploy in the spring with the rest of its amphibious group, and another ship was named to take its place.
While the service has insisted with each setback that the San Antonio eventually will live up to its promises, there has been little to report in the way of progress, because each time crews have come close to fixing one major defect, more have cropped up. Many defects have extended to later ships in the class, though to lesser degrees.
The price tag for taxpayers has been enormous. Delivered several hundred million dollars over budget, the San Antonio has cost nearly $2 billion.
Lots of details at the link,