Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Observation on shipbuilding

Congressman Gene Taylor (D - MS) is pushing the Navy to get costs under control for its shipbuilding programs or face losing them. The Navy Times, reporting on testimony by RADM William Landay, Program Executive Officer for Ships, closes with a telling quote from the Congressman.

Whatever it takes, Taylor said, the Navy has to force its vendors to be better stewards of public dollars.

“When I walked through the Austal shipyard a few weeks ago I saw absolutely no effort to save the taxpayers’ money,” he said, adding a motorcycle reference: “We’re building Orange County Choppers when we oughta be kicking out Hondas.”
Very interesting comment about a Gulf Coast shipyard from a Gulf Coast Congressman.