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Troubled Littoral Ship Still Can’t Perform Mission, GAO Says

  • $60 billion estimate for operations, upkeep found incomplete
  • Navy forced auditors to put limits on public version of report
The U.S. Navy USS Coronado littoral combat ship.

The U.S. Navy USS Coronado littoral combat ship.

Photographer: Nicky Loh/Bloomberg
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The U.S. Navy’s troubled fleet of Littoral Combat Ships has “not yet demonstrated the operational capabilities it needs to perform its mission,” congressional auditors have found almost 14 years after the first vessel was delivered and more than $31 billion has been spent.

More than $3 billion of that has gone toward the Navy’s estimate that operating and maintaining the ships will cost at least $60 billion over 25 years. But that projection is outdated and incomplete, the Government Accountability Office said in a report issued Thursday.