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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 May 2018 8:59 p.m. PST

"In 2006, Congress started funding construction of the first of three Navy destroyers named after the late famed Navy chief Adm. Elmo Zumwalt. But nearly a dozen years later, none of the Zumwalt ships is ready to fight.

None will be for years. And hundreds of millions more dollars will be required to get there. The ships, known as DDG 1000s, may yet become capable and, with enough additional money, they may even become warships of unprecedented lethality. But the extent of the program's problems to date and the remaining cost to make things right has not been fully appreciated even among many defense experts.

For starters, no Zumwalt-class ship is ever expected to perform the primary mission it was built for: striking land targets with artillery. The guns the Navy and its contractor built the ships around do not work well enough and the rounds they would fire cost too much…"
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Lion in the Stars25 May 2018 3:20 p.m. PST

"A ship is always referred to as 'she' because it costs so much to keep one in paint and powder."
- Admiral Chester W. Nimitz

I've also seen a variation of that attributed to Teddy Roosevelt when he was Assistant SECNAV.

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