An article from Pro Publica on 5th August looked at the threat from Iranian mining activities and the resources the US Navy has to counter it. It says that the Avenger-class ships were built in the late 1980s and early 1990s and slated for retirement years ago – but their retirement date has been continually delayed because the service still doesn’t have a working replacement, and the latest estimate is that the ships will all be decommissioned by fiscal year 2023. It reports that a defence contractor who has worked with the ships in recent years said the minesweepers suffered the highest rate of mechanical problems of any USN ship.
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