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New $360 Million Navy Ship Breaks Down

Have you ever wondered where your tax dollars are going? $360 million of it was used to purchase a navy ship that broke down less than a month after it was commissioned.

The USS Milwaukee had to be towed 40 miles after it broken down on Friday.

The ship’s crew discovered “fine metallic debris in the port combining gear filter system” and more of the debris was found in the ship’s oil filter, resulting in “loss of propulsion.”

CNN reports:

The ship is now undergoing a full inspection in Little Creek, Virginia. The incident was first reported by the Navy Times.

The breakdown happened as the ship was on its way to its home port of San Diego after it was commissioned in Milwaukee. The long journey took it through the Great Lakes and Halifax, Canada. It was scheduled to stop next in Florida.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain called the ship’s “complete loss of propulsion … deeply alarming, particularly given this ship was commissioned just 20 days ago.”

“U.S. Navy ships are built with redundant systems to enable continued operation in the event of an engineering casualty, which makes this incident very concerning” McCain, an Arizona Republican, said in a statement.

McCain added that he expected the Navy to “conduct a thorough investigation into the root causes of this failure, hold individuals accountable as appropriate, and keep the Senate Armed Services Committee informed.”

Cmdr. Tamsen Reese, a spokeswoman for the Navy’s Surface Force, Pacific Fleet, told CNN she is working to obtain an update on the Milwaukee’s status.

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