The boats will be controlled by sailors at a safe distance on a much larger ship. [...] The first of the two boats, developed and stuffed with sonar-detection gear, cost $197 million. In the future, the price is slated to drop to $46 million per boat.Whew, that's a relief. We were thinking this might be some kind of boondoggle.
The boats are meant to be launched by the so-called Littoral Combat Ships, shallow-draft ships that can maneuver close to shore.Also known as Oil War Command & Control Ships.
"With the way the world is now, with terrorists just sitting around looking for new ideas to attack us, it's very important we have a way to protect our sailors as they transit through the shallow waters," said Thomas Mulkeen, one of the contractors working on the project, whose motto is "Detect, deter, defeat."Perhaps not having "our sailors" in these shallow waters while they perform duties that Big Oil should be paying Blackwater to do would be the best way to "protect our sailors." And no fucking tax exemption for the oil outfits. They (& Europe & Japan, who get most of that Persian Gulf Oil) can pay for their own damn security for once. This former taxpayer will no longer be footing their bill.Above: This Unmanned (You ain't kiding!! Nothing manly at all going on here.) "Submarine" Hunter seems to work quite well in the shallow waters off San Diego. Hmmm.... Photo: Karen Tapia-Andersen/LAT.