Are unions to blame for losing ship building race to China?

June 26, 2012 05:01

The fact that China’s been building up its military with speed and agility recently is nothing new, but Beijing is now going head-to-head with one of the U.S. Navy’s most troubled programs. – Business Insider



Robert Johnson at Business Insider

Michael Fabey at Aviation Weekacquired Navy documents that show the following components had issues on the LCS USS Freedom’s recent voyage:


Heat, flame, smoke and flood alarms; hydraulic power unit systems, airborne mission zone lift hoist and platform; lifting capstan; gypsy winch; oily water separator and transfer pump; reverse osmosis system; watertight doors, degaussing system, gas-turbine intake plenum space; and blow-in doors.

The ship also appears to be minus one of its four engines, upon which repair and reassembly work was started this month, according to the documents.



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