More than Â£400 million was wasted by the Ministry of Defence last year due to a damning catalogue of thefts, losses and incompetence.Defence Minister Don Touhig has admitted in a Parliamentary Answer that nearly 9,000 items of military equipment were lost, stolen or destroyed last year. The total sum written off, which includes failed building projects and the purchase of useless equipment was Â£402million. Some of the catalogue of disaster:- Â£51million for Bowman Radio System. Â£584,000 on new offices at RNAS Yeoviton thjat blocked the runway from the Control Tower. Â£1.7million for defective GPS Chips. Â£153,000 for Destroyed Lynx |Helicopter Rotors before they realised they were needed. Â£500,00 for Two Warriors that collided. Â£!.9million for a fire on a SP Gun. Â£567,000 because of an accounting error on a deal to build Jaguar Aircraft. Â£143,000 for food stocks abandoned by Booties in Norway when they went to Iraq. Two Fires in Iraq wiped out Â£447,000 worth of equipment. A MOD spokesman said " Our accounts are scrutinised by the National Audit office to ensure money is not being wasted, Write offs do not automattically indicate failurtes in control or a waste of money. For jesus sake they are given a Â£30billion Defence Budget and are supposed to maintain the Nations defences. I would not put the burgers in charge of a water pistol shooting gallery.