Spot testing of the Navy's MK-6 inflatable lifeboats resulted in a "100 percent failure rate," The Pittsburgh Press reported Friday.

The Navy planned to communicate with all fleet units and the Coast Guard to advise them of the problems with the lifeboats and ask them to relay information relating to their safety, a Navy spokesman told The Press.Plans also were under way to call a meeting in Washington to assess the Navy's lifeboat predicament and develop a strategy for dealing with it, the spokesman said.

The possibility that a number of the Navy's 25-man lifeboats may be defective was raised after agents from the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the FBI and the Naval Investigative Service raided Rubber Crafters Inc., in Grantsville, W.Va., on Aug. 8, the newspaper said.