America Had 31 Multi-Role Vessels – 30 Were Thrown Away
By Harold Hutchison
A VERSATILE VESSEL
Imagine, if you will, a vessel that could provide fire support, conduct anti-submarine warfare, launch Tomahawk cruise missiles at enemy targets, and could even fight a number of enemy surface vessels. It displaces about 9,100 tons, and could go 33 nautical miles per hour.
Sound like a useful asset? You’d probably say yes. Now, here is the part that will knock yoru socks off. The United States Navy actually had 31 of these vessels in service – and threw thirty of them away in the 2000s, some of which still had decades of life left.