Patrol Boat

More excess equipment destined for a local police department.


The U.S. military spent more than $3 million on patrol boats for Afghanistan in 2010 and then quietly canceled the shipment several months later with no explanation, leaving costly patrol boats unused in a Virginia warehouse for the past several years, according to new information released by a government watchdog group.

It has come to light that the military and Defense Department cannot explain why the money was wasted due to “lapses in record keeping” that have resulted in files detailing the purchase being lost, according to an investigation by the Special Investigator for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).

“The military has been unable to provide records that would answer the most basic questions surrounding this $3 million purchase,” SIGAR revealed Thursday.

The eight patrol boats were initially purchased for the Afghan National Police (ANP) and were to be used on patrols along Afghanistan’s border with Uzbekistan. However, nine months after the purchase, the order was quietly canceled and the boats were sent to a Navy storage house in Yorktown, Va., where they “currently sit unused,” according to SIGAR.

The Navy and other officials still have not explained how it plans to dispose of the boats and how much money it has cost to store them in Virginia.

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