I live in the fly over states. We have very little in the way of anything USN related except for children who serve in the USN and recruiting offices.
First, I want to say the US Navy does an excellent overall job in their mission of sea patrol and protecting American interests. However, being an impartial observer, it appears the ship yards for the USN are merely sort of a way for politicians to enrich their districts. That's the game. I'm not resentful; it's plain geography.
The scales fell off my eyes on the USS Miami debacle. Even the US Navy really does not trust the workers any more. If "A" does not come into work then "B", "C", and "D" don't have to work. The sailors watch the dockyard civilian workers and you're not fooling anybody.
The Littoral debacle was just a mini-me version of the F-35. The USAF is buying small fleet of F-15X aircraft (a 50+ year old design!!!) and the US Navy is quietly buying 78 more F/A-18E Super Bugs at the cost of $4 Billion dollars. https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=108969
Me? I watch the US Army rebuilding the M109 Artillery for the 7th time since the 1960s. Imagine the US Army taking the 3" Ordinance Rifles from the American Civil War and doing depot level upgrades every 7 years with the result that the rifles were used successfully in WWI and are now being upgraded in the 1920s. New? We don't need new in the US Army.
I wish the Perry frigates & Spruance destroyers had not been expended as targets in the various sinkex. Foresight is generally for the wise. Just taking five Perry & five Spru-cans & giving them massive upgrades would have done a lot to help the US Navy in littoral operations. True, the Perry's had a 22' draft but nothing is perfect.
Personally I love the 'Burke class, they are super destroyers. They saved the USN after the debacles of the Littoral ships & Zumwalt class destroyers.
I just worry the 'Burkes will turn out to be the M109 howitzers of the sea, getting constant upgrades while the dock yards & politicians on shore get to stick their hands in the pork barrel.