[QUOTE=c.captain;126876]speaking of LCS STOOPID BULLSHIT…what the FUCK is the supposed to be for?
can someone here tell me how in the hell did Austal USA get so much political muscle? How much money do they use to bribe our lawmakers to get such gifts? FUCKING BULLSHIT!
THE GODDAMNED LCS PROGRAM IS NOTHING MORE THAN FEDERAL WELFARE SUPPORT FOR AUSTAL AND MARINETTE MARINE![/QUOTE]
During the Australian military assistance to secure a newly independent East Timor, the Aussies chartered a wave piercing catamaran ferry from commercial service to transport the Diggers and their equipment back and fourth from Darwin to East Timor. It was re-named HMAS Jervis Bay for the duration of the RAN charter. During that time some officers from a visiting US Navy LHA or LHD were offered an opportunity to con her. Our people were mightily impressed and ever since the gator Navy has pushed and pushed[I] hard [/I]to have ships like those in US Navy service. Several different Australian commercial ferries were chartered over the years for testing, each performing admirably in the estimation of both the Navy and the Army who also tested some (the Army has it’s own gator navy). But to legally buy them outright they had to be built in the US. The only solution was for one of the Aussie manufacturers of these ships, either Austal or Incat, set up shop in the US and build their ships here or to teach an existing US yard how to build them. Austal ended up being the choice. They are great ships, fast and much more economical than hovercraft or hydrofoils for the kind of speed they can generate.
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[QUOTE=Bluefin;127077]There’s some talking in Washington now about a new ice breaker - it’s intended to replace one of the Coast Guard ice breakers. - I kinda doubt it will be armed, at least not very heavily.[/QUOTE]
There was an amendment proposed to the 2014 Defense Appropriations bill to require the Navy to fund the construction of four new polar icebreakers for the Coast Guard in the same manner the Navy paid for the USCGC Healy. I cannot find anything about how that turned out other than it was proposed.