Very interesting. The article has more escape routes and switchbacks than a road built by a defense contractor though. The KP insiders are shocked by the news but it doesn’t matter because the dock rebuild means there would be no place to moor a ship anyway? I would love to know the timeline on this whole affair, something just doesn’t add up.
The article is very well written but one comment strikes me as a bit disingenuous, the clamor to close down a school that has long past its “sell by date” has not been silenced by the GMATS announcement. If anything that bit of news only reinforces the growing irrelevance of KP to the nation and the American mariner.
If someone at MARAD woke up long enough to realise that a training ship was not needed because private industry could supply sea time to a shrinking number of the student body who actually go to sea, maybe there is a chance someone else might even ask if the money spent to add another 150 baby mariners to a shrinking job pool is a worthy investment.
Tradition, marching bands, shiny youth with pretty uniforms pretending to be relevant and grateful for a free ride on the taxpayer’s back just doesn’t justify its continued existence. This is 2012, not 1941 or even 1964.
Dumping GMATS robs America of a valuable maritime resource. Maintaining KP robs us of resources that if invested better would have a positive impact on American security and the health of the American Merchant Marine.
Taking away the training ship is a start and for that I say “hats off” to some brave and thinking soul at MARAD.