I find it nearly impossible to believe that a completely built ship, though badly damaged from submersion, would cost more to repair than to build a new ship! I’m not disputing the costs, just expressing shock at the cost.
|Helge Ingstad Being Salvaged|
It appears, now, that the ship will be used for spare parts for the other class members, with between $11M-$45M worth of parts identified as salvageable. Again, I’m utterly shocked that that’s all that could be salvaged out of a $1.5B ship! Is this telling us something about the resiliency of modern naval equipment and, hence, its susceptibility to battle damage? Admittedly, prolonged submergence in the sea is not conducive to equipment maintenance – he said in a massive understatement ! – but, still, that’s all that could be salvaged?
No particular point to this post, just a lot of shock.
- Shock at the repair cost.
- Shock at the almost zero salvageable parts. Heck, we raised and repaired all the WWII Pearl Harbor battleships except the Arizona. Recall the Aegis cruiser, Port Royal, that nosed gently aground and the Navy wanted to scrap it, citing misaligned radar arrays and VLS cells, before being stopped by Congress. There's a good argument to be made for slightly less technologically advanced equipment that is far more robust in the face of battle damage.
- Shock at the ease with which the ship sank from relatively minor initial physical damage (you recall that the flooding was blamed on a design flaw that allowed flooding to spread to neighboring compartments). WWII saw ships absorb unimaginable amounts of damage and not only stay afloat but continue to fight!
- Shock at the lack of combat toughness designed into the ship: weak structure, lack of armor, poor design, lack of damage control, etc.
- Shock that the US Navy would still be considering this basic design and manufacturer for its frigate program. If this didn't rule out this manufacturer and their designs, what does it take to demonstrate a poor choice? Of course, the Navy has the LCS in the running for the frigate program so demonstrated poor design is not, apparently, a disqualifying event.