The whole world owes me LOTS of beer ... we were warning about this Tiffany China Doll since before she was even commissioned.
Northrop Grumman Corp.’s $1.68 billion amphibious warship, designed to transport Marines close to shore, wouldn’t be effective in combat and couldn’t operate reliably after being hit by enemy fire, according to the Department of Defense’s top testing official.The epic fail of a "stealth" Amphib with titanium fire mains is a poster child for the results when non-warfare accountants designing warships instead of warfighters.
The San Antonio-class vessel’s critical systems, such as electrical distribution, ship-wide fiber optics and voice- communications networks, aren’t reliable, according to Michael Gilmore, the Defense Department’s director of operational test and evaluation. The ship’s armaments can’t effectively defend against the most modern anti-ship weapons, Gilmore said.
The ship is capable of operating “in a benign environment,” Gilmore said in an e-mail to Bloomberg News outlining the unclassified summary of a classified report sent to Congress in June. The vessel is “not effective, suitable and not survivable in a combat situation,” he said.
Why can't we get our Amphibs near shore? Simple - we are more focused on programatics and PPT and non-warfare metrics. We get an Amphib Fleet fine for peace, but ill-suited for war.