Here’s a stunning development in the Zumwalt saga that I wasn’t aware of. From Breaking Defense website,
“It’ll be two more years before combat systems delivery occurs …”
Two more years!!!!! Why did the Navy accept delivery of a ship that was that incomplete????
We’ve previously documented that the ship was delivered to, and accepted by, the Navy in a significantly incomplete state, however, the magnitude of that “incompleteness” is well beyond anything I imagined.
Congress is no happier with this situation than ComNavOps is.
“After the Navy commissioned theZumwalt in October and formally accepted delivery of the ship from Bath, Congress enacted language in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (Section 7301) defining delivery to occur only when “all systems contained” are ready and ordering the Navy to amend the Zumwalt class’s delivery dates accordingly. That statute should help prevent concurrency from rearing its troublesome head on future shipbuilding programs.”
Congress has resorted to explicitly telling the Navy what every person in the country, other than the Navy, understands: a delivery is made when the product is complete and not before. Only the Navy could be so stupid as to need to have that basic, common sense concept spelled out to them. When you’re being lectured to by Congress over basic, common sense concepts, you’ve really hit rock bottom. That’s embarrassing.
What’s the point of running builder’s trials and acceptance trials if the ship isn’t complete and you’re going to accept it regardless? It kind of makes trials a moot point, doesn’t it?
Here is the Congressional language from S2943, National Defense Authorization Act, 2017.
Sec. 121. Determination of vessel delivery dates
(a) Determination of vessel delivery dates. –
(1) In general –
Chapter 633 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by inserting aftersection 7300 the following new section:
Sec. 7301. Determination of vessel delivery dates
(a) In general -
The delivery of a covered vessel shall be deemed to occur on the date on which—
(1) the Secretary of the Navy determines that the vessel is assembled and complete; and
(2) custody of the vessel and all systems contained in the vessel transfers to the Navy.