CGNewsTip: Federal Probe Blasts Coast Guard Program

Federal probe blasts Coast Guard program

A federal investigation concluded that the U.S. Coast Guard’s multibillion-dollar fleet modernization program run by Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp. has design flaws that have led to spiraling maintenance costs and, without a fix, could reduce the longevity of the spiffed-up ships.

Because of design deficiencies, the Coast Guard cutters might not be strong enough to withstand 230 days a year at sea over a period of 30 years, as required by the contract, the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general said in a report released Monday.

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