If you’re not familiar with the LCS program (officially, the Littoral Combat Ship program, but the “Little Crappy Ship” to its critics), it’s kind of the Navy’s version of the F-35 fiasco.
Conceived as a way to get lots of smaller, cheaper hulls into the fleet to do the non-blue water ops (i.e. patrolling shorelines, dropping of special boat teams, providing amphibious landing support, etc), it instead bloomed into the usual over budget, behind schedule bag of broken promises we’ve become accustomed to with Pentagon projects. While they look good on camera, in reality, they’re flimsy, trouble-prone boats that are too lightly armed to be of much good in combat. There are constant issues with cracks in the hull and engine problems. And who the hell takes aluminum-hulled ships into combat anyway?
Despite the Navy’s proclamations that most problems have been licked and all is well (I know, stifle your laughter for a minute), problems are, shall we say, ongoing. And now federal agents have combed the shipyard at one of the contractors that makes the LCS series of ships, Austal Shipyards in Mobile Alabama.
“Department of Defense, NCIS and [the Defense Criminal Investigative Service] have been seen on site”
Little is being said other than this being for “financial issues”, so it sounds like some kind of contracting fraud. How bad is it when a military branch… who seems to have infinite patience for contractor hijinx… actually raids a contractor?