(PORTLAND, Maine) — The Navy that once wanted smaller, speedy warships to chase down pirates has made a speedy pivot to Russia and China — and many of those recently built ships could be retired. The U.S. Navy wants to decommission nine ships in the Freedom-class of littoral combat ships — warships that cost about…

U.S. Navy Plans to Retire Troubled $4.5 Billion Warships After Less Than a Decade