The U.S. Navy has not yet replenished its stockpile of missiles on the Independence Class Coastal Battleship Gabrielle Giffords.
The ship is patrolling the waters of the South China Sea with a full complement of missiles – the free slot for the missile has not been filled after the crew hit a decommissioned frigate with a missile during an exercise last October.
The U.S. has not reported why it did not fill up the “lost” rocket with a new one. The authors of The Drive assume that this is due to problems in the interaction between the Norwegian arms developer – the company Kongsberg – and its manufacturer, the American concern Raytheon.
The day before it was reported that U.S. aircraft carriers “Nimitz” and “Ronald Reagan” conducted exercises in the South China Sea. The strategic bomber B-52 Stratofortress also took part in them. This happened against the backdrop of large-scale exercises of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy in the South China Sea.