Closing Thought–27Dec17

How embarrassing!

The US has the F-35 as an embarrassing moment and now the UK has one to call their very own…..

It’s an egg-on-your-face story out of Britain, where the $4 billion spent on a new aircraft carrier was apparently not enough to eliminate all leaks. The BBC reports the HMS Queen Elizabeth was found to be taking on as much as 50 gallons of water an hour due to a faulty shaft seal. The Royal Navy ship was commissioned in early December, and the issue surfaced during sea trials. Though the BBC’s defense correspondent calls it a “highly embarrassing” development, the repair will not delay the sea trials schedule, says a rep for the Royal Navy, which believes the repair can occur while the ship is in the water.

Though one naval officer allows that it’s an embarrassing development, “in reality [it’s] no big deal. You expect to take some water in when you’re operating a warship at sea.” The Press Association describes the aircraft carrier, the first of a new generation of them for the UK, as “the biggest and most powerful” the country has built; it’s expected to have a 50-year working life. The Telegraph has the defense secretary’s characterization of the ship: “the most magnificent aircraft carrier in the world. …

Buy a cork and move on……

Time to shut IST down for the day…..see you guys tomorrow….chuq


3 thoughts on “Closing Thought–27Dec17

  1. As you know, I was critical of the amount spent on this unnecessary ship. And it seems I was proved right, judging by the bodged job of its manufacture. More money for the defence industry, more job creation at the expense of the taxpayer.
    Yet another financial scandal. When will it all end? Not in my lifetime, for sure.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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