Germany: 'Gorsch Fock' — scandal-ridden navy tall ship restoration saga continues

The historical navy training vessel 'Gorch Fock' — a renowned tale of German government waste — was docked at port in Berne on Monday. The tall ship will be restored by Bremen-based shipyard Luerssen, after it bought insolvent military commissioner Elsflether Werft AG last month. The 61-year-old sail boat should be ready for the high seas by autumn 2020, but the much-delayed project has already... Еще generated considerably controversy. The ship was first taken out of service in 2016 ahead of repairs estimated to cost €10 million ($11 million). The budget has since increased more than tenfold to €135 million ($150 million), all of which has to be footed by the taxpayer. The vessel even had the dubious honour of featuring in the Germany's Black Book of government profligacy. New EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen presided over the scandal in her time as German defence minister.

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