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Sunday, October 14, 2012

TACOMA-CLASS FRIGATES

In war, everything is a compromise and some programs are destined to produce disappointing results.  Such a program was the ambitious endeavor to build a fleet of submarine-hunting frigates in maritime shipyards.

One of the best examples of Isaac Newton's incontrovertible theory that objects in motion tend to stay in motion was the highly controversial building program of patrol frigates for the US Navy during World War II.
A totally unnecessary warship that offered too little too late, like Newton’s law, the PF [Patrol Frigates] program seemed impossible to stop once it had begun. Plagued with design flaws, shipyard labor dissension, endless delays, and government investigations of gross mismanagement, a program that never should have been approved in the first pace, or stopped early on in its execution, ultimately saw 96 warships of questionable worth delivered at a cost of $2,530,000 each; nearly double their original estimate to build. Even wore, once launched and commissioned, the Navy had no idea what to do with these hulking 1430-ton submarine hunters for it already had more than enough brand-new 1350-ton destroyer-escorts on hand to destroy the last of Hitler’s undersea marauders.

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