Navy Times has reported the Navy has had serious quality problems with their ships built by Northrop Grumman’s Gulf Coast Yards.
“Navy engineers are tackling a raft of problems discovered aboard warships built at the Gulf Coast yards of defense giant Northrop Grumman — including faulty welds, lube-oil problems and a defective engine — in the latest installment of the ongoing saga between the Navy and its largest shipbuilder.
“Inspectors are rechecking every pipe weld aboard every ship built in the last several years at Avondale, La., or Pascagoula, Miss., including destroyers and small- and big-deck amphibs, after discovering so many problems that all pipe welders and Navy inspectors at both yards had to be decertified and then recertified to work on ships.”
Have we been luckier with the National Security Cutters? Is Coast Guard supervision better than that given Navy projects? Or is this a problem that we will see surface in the future?