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To Fear the Spanish Navy

2:21 PM, May 22, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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Spain has its problems, including an unemployment rate that could be a prelude to revolution or ruin ... or both.  But the country seemed to feel it needed a fleet of warships.  To include submarines.  It made plans to build four of them,  but there was a problem.  As Roberto A. Ferdman at Quartz reports:

One of Spain’s largest defense splurges may also be one of its most embarrassing. After spending nearly one-third of a $3 billion budget to build four of the world’s most advanced submarines, the project’s engineers have run into a problem: the submarines are so heavy that they would sink to the bottom of the ocean. 

The subs will need to be rebuilt and re-engineered if they are to be seaworthy.  One does wonder why Spain ever felt it needed the “state-of-the-art submarines which were meant to be the first entirely Spanish-designed and built. Incompetence is likely going to cost the country at least some of the glory.”


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