Wednesday, May 01, 2002
Now two of the subs have arrived, and at least one has a dent in it. Like a good used-car salesman, the British Royal Navy is dickering with Canada about where and when the damage occurred, "It was perfect when it left our shipyard. You must've run over a big bump or something."
And one of the other two subs has the minor problem of a crack in it, that could allow water into the vessel should it ever actually attempt to submerge.
Canada's Defence Minister Art Eggleton defended the purchase yesterday, saying the vessels were still a good buy.
"Those are excellent submarines and a quarter the price of new submarines," he told reporters in Ottawa.