Re: “Coast Guard ship that underwent $9-million in repairs in 2009 sells for $373,000,” (The Hill Times, March 22, p. 1). While I fully endorse the idea of bringing government waste to the public eye, I am concerned in the case of this story, that it should have been put in context. The average cost of the refurbishment over the four years the ship was operated after the $9-million refit would be $2.25-million per year. The expense for maintaining the 23-person crew would be on the order of 23 multiplied by $50,000 or $1.15-million per year. In addition, there would be charges for maintenance, fuel, food and other supplies. One should contrast this with the cost stated in the same article for replacing the ship, which was reported as $300-million. If the lifetime of the ship was 45 years and it underwent four refits at $10-million, the cost per year would be $7.6-million. The extended years on CCCS Tracy don’t seem that expensive.
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