Navy audit uncovers $126M in aircraft parts ‘we didn’t even know existed’

051105-F-5480T-005 Persian Gulf (Nov. 5, 2005) Ð An F-14D Tomcat, assigned to the ÒTomcattersÓ of Fighter Squadron Three One (VF-31), conducts a mission over the Persian Gulf-region. VF-31 is assigned to Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8), currently embarked aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rob Tabor (RELEASED)

An audit conducted by the US Navy has revealed a long-forgotten warehouse filled with hundreds of millions of dollars in aircraft parts- including parts to an iconic fighter that no longer exists.

The warehouse, located in Jacksonville, Florida, was discovered during a Navy/Marine audit and house parts for three aircraft: the P-8 Poseidon, the P-3 Orion and the venerable -yet extinct- F-14 Tomcat.

“When they brought those parts into the inventory system, within a couple of weeks there were like $20 million in requisitions on those parts for aircraft that were down because we didn’t know we had the parts of the inventory,” said Thomas Modly, the Navy’s #2 civilian leader. “Not only did we not know that the parts existed, we didn’t even know the warehouse existed.”

The Navy struggles to track inventory as it is, and the recent discovery of an entire warehouse of parts is troubling.

To put this into perspective, consider that the last functioning American F-14 was shredded (to prevent Iran from getting parts for their own aging fleet) in August of 2009, well over a decade before these warehouse parts were discovered.

“It’s billions of dollars and we don’t have good accountability on that,” Modly said. “We need to get much better.”

According to, the military is now working with vendors to ensure that something like this does not happen again, and the Navy is preparing to release the audit report in two weeks.

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