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The U.S. Navy is spending $400K
to fix clogged toilets on its
newest aircraft carriers

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Posted By: Ribicon, 3/26/2020 9:50:45 AM

Two of the Navy’s newest aircraft carriers require a unique system to keep the toilets unclogged and cost $400,000 to fix each clog, a government watchdog said in a report released Tuesday. The USS Gerald R. Ford and USS George H.W. Bush, both based in Virginia, were constructed with a toilet system similar to those used on a commercial plane. But with 4,000 people on board the ship, the toilets require an acid flush of the system. “While each acid flush costs about $400,000, the Navy has yet to determine how often and for how many ships this action will need to be repeated,

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Could this be another benefit of Green technologies, where the remediation of the shortfalls far exceeds the touted benefits? There was a notable story years ago about a brand-new government building with no-flush urinals. The urine corroded the pipes and leaked through the ceilings, and all the plumbing had to be torn out and replaced at enormous expense.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: chance_232 3/26/2020 9:59:04 AM (No. 358484)
Ah...... no flush urinals....nothing like them to stink up a room. Once upon a time, the waste was flushed right into the ocean. My guess....some new environmental regulation, without any engineering considered, was implemented mandating some Green boondoggle.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: MattMusson 3/26/2020 9:59:30 AM (No. 358486)
Fake news. The Navy regularly does this on most ships.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: dst4life 3/26/2020 10:04:05 AM (No. 358494)
Maybe the Navy has been hoarding toilet paper like civilians. And they got carried away in using a lot of it.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Rumblehog 3/26/2020 10:07:43 AM (No. 358497)
Are these some "save to Ozone layer" toilets some leftist at the Pentagon demanded?
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Reply 5 - Posted by: edgar 3/26/2020 10:09:01 AM (No. 358501)
I worked on the top floor of a Gold Certified Green Building. Monday mornings were the worst. The smell from the 'waterless' urinals was so pungent it could gag a maggot. Then, custodial staff began to use the 'blue goo' used in port-o-potties. Kermit D Frog was right.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Pearson365 3/26/2020 10:12:41 AM (No. 358505)
The real waste is the $13+ billion spent per carrier plus the $5+ billion for support ships to protect these behemoths, the $2 billion in aircraft for each ship and the 5,500 crew members for each carrier plus the crews on the 5 to 7 support ships that accompany a carrier. Or, $22 billion per carrier task force so that the US Navy can deploy 65 aircraft, assuming all aircraft are available and the Navy has enough pilots and technicians to get them aloft. Makes no economic sense and little military sense. Can’t we use unmanned drones on smaller, far less expensive ships, with hundreds of drones per ship? Plus, if the allegedly friendly nations these super expensive carriers are defending won’t allow us to send aircraft and crews to their airbases, why are we defending them?
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Reply 7 - Posted by: panther361 3/26/2020 10:16:27 AM (No. 358510)
By all means, let's get rid of all of it and go back to hand to hand combat! sarc/off
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Reply 8 - Posted by: DVC 3/26/2020 10:26:56 AM (No. 358514)
Flushing sewage into the open ocean is not harmful to the ocean in the slightest. Where in the heck do these idiot enviro-whackos think all those fish, whales, seagulls and a million other species take a dump? Right into the ocean. People can do it too. Just a total, 100% waste of money.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Pearson365 3/26/2020 10:30:54 AM (No. 358519)
No 7, please,, it’s elbow to elbow combat now. In the early 1970s, the Defense Dept was exploring the neutron bomb, a weapon that would kill people but not harm houses, aparmemt buildings, factories and other structures. Are the communist Chinese testing an updated version of the neutron bomb? Will we soon be hearing Biden talk about the “bat gap” similar to JFK’s missile gap? A gap that was in our favor but that JFK spun into a winning campaign issue in 1960.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: MDConservative 3/26/2020 10:54:10 AM (No. 358541)
This is how the American public gets fleeced. People thought $400 hammers were a rip-off. How about $400,000 flushes? Then again Patriotism isn't cheap...to keep America and its military #1.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: HotRod 3/26/2020 11:02:22 AM (No. 358548)
Those $400 hammers, and all the rest of expensive items mandated for purchase by the military, are the result of congress requiring the military to buy from approve sources. Having been involved in procurement, I have seen specifications for items written so elaborately and specifically that only ONE company qualifies as a source. How detailed can the specifications be for a hammer? You would be very surprised! Military people are not stupid, as democrats think. No rational military person would pay $400 for a hammer!
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Historybuff 3/26/2020 11:09:56 AM (No. 358551)
Who here has flushed on a submarine? Show of hands.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Safari Man 3/26/2020 11:13:42 AM (No. 358555)
If all they need is an acid flush, maybe they could hire Kathy Griffen to pee in the toilets.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Historybuff 3/26/2020 11:21:59 AM (No. 358567)
Was aboard the USS CARL VINSON when the did a Hydoblast of the system (high pressure water thru the system) Old dungarees, sneakers, girly magazines and all kinds of stuff came out of the pipes when they did that. Saltwater flush back then. Not sure what happens now. Gray water / Black water depends what you can dump in the ocean and where you are. Saw amazing stuff on the delivery cruise of the USS RONALD REAGAN with what they do to recycle plastic on board.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: voxpopuli 3/26/2020 11:29:28 AM (No. 358580)
ANY amount of money spent on ANYTHING for the military is better than ONE CENT spent on the dem/MSM/EU/Commie programs of the Pelosi Cadre
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Reply 16 - Posted by: DVC 3/26/2020 11:37:40 AM (No. 358599)
You are very wrong, #6.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: konocti95 3/26/2020 11:52:19 AM (No. 358620)
Only $400,000? That's cheap for a plumber.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: bigfatslob 3/26/2020 12:09:16 PM (No. 358642)
I found a very good plumbing service in my hometown that are fast, efficient and charge less than many others. They re-plumbed my entire old house in two days. I'll bet their service could do each toilet for $100 or less. The government could just offer them a good tip for their services. Thank Greta for 'green toilets' that don't work.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: Strike3 3/26/2020 12:11:40 PM (No. 358646)
This, folks. is why defense budgets are so high. The price of a luxurious home to fix a toilet.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: Urgent Fury 3/26/2020 12:18:29 PM (No. 358655)
I bet it's because they let girls aboard.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: Venturer 3/26/2020 12:37:58 PM (No. 358702)
What do they do with the contaminated acid?
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Reply 22 - Posted by: old dog 3/26/2020 12:54:53 PM (No. 358726)
Back in the good ole days when i was in the Navy;we had trough crappers, constant salt water flushing, same with the pea pots. Good ole Navy chow the critters of the sea loved the overboard discharge! It was a simpler time but everything worked!
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Reply 23 - Posted by: MDConservative 3/26/2020 2:56:54 PM (No. 358888)
#11 - Whoever writes the specs, and that is generally the buyer in league with the contractor, has no problem spending the money. Politics is what politics is. A congressman or Senator is to bring home the bacon. Defense is the biggest procurer of goods and services. Government generally spends money and asks questions later.
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