Boats meant for Afghan Police sit unused in Yorktown

Boat purchased for Afghan National Police in Yorktown warehouse, courtesy SIGAR.
Boat purchased for Afghan National Police in Yorktown warehouse, courtesy SIGAR.

YORKTOWN, Va. (WAVY) – Millions of dollars worth of vessels intended for the Afghan National Police have been sitting in a Yorktown warehouse for several years, unused.

According to the Special Inspector General For Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), eight patrol boats were purchased in 2010 for $3 million. They were intended to patrol the Afghanistan border with Uzbekistan, but the order was canceled nine months later without explanation.

The boats are now sitting unused at a warehouse at Naval Weapons Station/Cheatham Annex in Yorktown.

Photos: Unused boats in Yorktown

Now SIGAR is questioning the military’s purchase.

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

“Among the missing records are those that would detail a concept of operations for employment of the boats; a feasibility review of operational requirements; the extent of involvement, if any, of the Afghan Ministry of Interior in the decision-making process; and justification for cancellation of the boat delivery,” the release continued. “This lack of documentation hinders SIGAR’s congressionally mandated mission of overseeing US reconstruction funds.”

For more information on SIGAR’s request for information, click here.

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