Navy blames contractor for latest problems on USS San Antonio

Navy blames contractor for latest problems on USS San Antonio

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Associated Press

Posted on August 4, 2011 at 7:50 AM

NORFOLK (AP) -- The Navy says a contractor is at fault for the amphibious ship San Antonio's latest problems.

Last month, the Navy called off crew training off the coast of Virginia after leaks were discovered in all four of the San Antonio's diesel engines.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the Navy announced Wednesday it discovered multiple instances of incomplete or incorrectly completed work by Earl Industries while it made repairs.

In May, the Navy terminated a maintenance contract with the Portsmouth company for work on amphibious transport dock ships.

Earl Industries President Jerry Miller declined to comment.

Earl Industries was the prime contractor on an overhaul of the ship's engines.

The problems occurred less than two months after the ship underwent sea trials and was deemed ready for duty again.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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