Washington, DC -- Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) on Tuesday issued the following statement in light of recent reports of the latest breakdown of the Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery (LCS-8). The newly built ship was on its way to its homeport of San Diego when it was damaged following a collision with a lock wall in the Panama Canal.
“Over the last year, five of the eight Littoral Combat Ships currently in service have been forced out of action, including four separate incidents for the brand-new USS Montgomery alone. This track record is unacceptable and further funding of this program defies logic and constitutes absolute contempt for our hard-working, tax-paying constituents. But instead of following the Government Accountability Office’s recommendation not to fund any of these ships until the Navy can address staggering ‘fundamental weaknesses’ in the program, Congress decided to buy even more ships than the military requested,” Rep. Speier said. “How many more of these floating disasters must break down before my colleagues get the message? It’s time to sink the entire LCS program before these pork ships sink on their own.”
Congresswoman Speier held a special order hour on the House floor in September to protest Congressional Republican’s decision to include three LCS in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 despite the fact that the GAO made it clear the LCS program has grown increasingly more expensive, is the most behind schedule, and is the most unreliable and inadequately armored ship, with dangerously limited offensive capabilities, in military service.