January 26, 2010 | Mark Paradies

The Daily Press reports “Navy reports widespread problems on Northrop’s Gulf Coast-built ships”

The story in The Daily Press says:

A new round of construction problems on U.S. Navy vessels built by Northrop Grumman Corp. have spawned yet another investigation into the nation’s largest Navy shipbuilder.

Northrop, already under fire for widespread yet unrelated welding problems that surfaced two years ago at its Newport News shipyard, now faces quality issues at its Gulf Coast yards in Avondale, La., and Pascagoula, Miss., the Navy said Thursday.

All Gulf Coast vessels built by the company over the last several years are under investigation for a host of problems, including improper welds and defective engines and lube-oil systems, the Navy said.

Other bad press for Northrop Grumman Shipyards include:

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