The within story of how the navy spent billions on the ‘little crappy ship’

This story was initially printed by ProPublica.

In July 2016, warships from greater than two dozen nations gathered off the coasts of Hawaii and Southern California to affix the US on the planet’s largest naval train. The UK, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea and others despatched a whole lot of destroyers, plane carriers and warplanes. They streamed in lengthy strains throughout the ocean, symbols of energy and status.

The usFreedom had its personal particular place inside the armada. It was one in every of a brand new class of vessels generally known as littoral fight ships. The U.S. Navy had billed them as technical marvels — small, quick and lightweight, in a position to fight enemies at sea, hunt mines and sink submarines.