SAN ANTONIO - Congress has torpedoed a plan to save taxpayers as much as $260 million.
The Navy planned to decommission four multi-purpose battle ships, from the Ticonderoga-class, this year because they are outdated.
The Navy wanted to retire the ships rather than spend millions of dollars to overhaul the ships.
However, Congress has nixed that plan, worried it will leave big holes in national security.
Lawrence Korb, Former Assistant Defense Secretary during the Reagan years, says congress is making a big mistake.
"In the long term, what it will really do is, it's going to hurt to hurt the country because it'll keep them from buying new ships that they need," said Korb.
The Washington Guardian has awarded this week's Golden Hammer to congress for keeping ships on active duty against the advice of naval leaders.
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