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Report Blames Navy, Contractors for Defective Ship

July 2, 2010

A new report says the Navy and contractors are both to blame for defects aboard a Norfolk-based amphibious ship.

The Navy released the findings of its six-month investigation Thursday. The investigation examined defects aboard the $1.8 billion San Antonio, which has undergone several major repairs.

The investigation found that design defects, poor welding and shoddy work during construction allowed small metal bits and other contaminants to get into the bearings of the ship's four diesel engines. That caused the bearings and the engines to fail.

According to the report, the Navy didn't identify the problems during construction and the ship's crew didn't discover them until they caused major damage.

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