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U.S. Navy: Canít Keep This Pace without Resources
Heritage.org ^ | 7/13/11 | Mackenzie Eaglen

Posted on 07/13/2011 4:11:37 PM PDT by Nachum

According to two top officials, the Navy is operating at an “unsustainable” pace for its current force structure. At a House Armed Services Committee hearing this week, Vice Admirals Bill Burke and Kevin McCoy described a force that was falling into disrepair and struggling to cover ever-increasing responsibilities with decreasing manpower and money.

The Navy’s maintenance issues began in the 1990s when Washington sought a post–Cold War peace dividend. One of the first casualties was manpower, and that led to smaller Navy maintenance crews.

At first, the Navy tried to get by, deferring maintenance and patching up old equipment. But the sustained high operational tempo of the past decade has finally caught up with the Navy. In 2011, nearly 22 percent of the fleet failed its yearly inspection, up from 8 percent as recently as 2007. Stretched thin by increased responsibilities such as wartime deployments, anti-piracy operations, and disaster relief, the Navy is trying to get by with broken equipment and often lacks the spare parts to make at-sea repairs.

Whether or not this decreased readiness is yet having an impact upon America’s national security is up for debate. While Admiral Burke stated that decreased ship readiness has not yet forced commanders to skip missions because of fewer available ships, he also admitted that combatant commanders generally require 16 to 18 operational attack submarines to meet regional objectives. Due to lagging maintenance and repairs, however, the Navy can provide only 10 submarines at any given time, exposing a serious gap between resources and requirements.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: can; keep; navy; pace
Who is responsible? Make them walk the plank.
1 posted on 07/13/2011 4:11:42 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

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2 posted on 07/13/2011 4:13:03 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

Cheney, Bush(41) and Clinton.


3 posted on 07/13/2011 4:15:54 PM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Nachum

Just like “Great” Britain before us.

Our radically downsizing the Navy and its missions will will mean the loss of global superpower status.


4 posted on 07/13/2011 4:19:34 PM PDT by Travis McGee (EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Nachum

I have read that the U.S. Navy now has more admirals than it has ships. Can someone with the facts confirm this?


5 posted on 07/13/2011 4:23:18 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Member Emeritus of Vitriolics Anonymous.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Let’s not forget Mullens, Gates et al. Every time Chiefs got together this was a standard topic. What happens if we do not get those “smart” ships. Well we did not but we dumped alot of good Sailors. So what has been the Navy’s response. Get rid of more people to open up promotions because they set “artificial” high year tenure rules. The word artificial comes from a Congressional study that predicted this problem about 4 years ago.


6 posted on 07/13/2011 4:23:47 PM PDT by OldGoatCPO (Social engineers build bad bridges.)
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To: Nachum

Can we outsource our Naval security to the Chinese? . . . Wait, that won’t work.


7 posted on 07/13/2011 4:26:58 PM PDT by BipolarBob (Beer? That's the reason I get up in the afternoon.)
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To: Nachum
...deferring maintenance...

Usually a disastrous procedure for ships and yachts, especially when they're floating in salt water.

Maintenance of ships at sea should always be proactive.

8 posted on 07/13/2011 4:27:17 PM PDT by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: OldGoatCPO

Cheney and Bush (41) put us on a STEEP glide slope and Clinton pushed us over a cliff. That and Tailhook 91 didn’t help matters at ALL!


9 posted on 07/13/2011 4:29:12 PM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: clintonh8r

This sounds like the lead in to a bad joke: How many Admirals does it take to screw up the Navy?


10 posted on 07/13/2011 4:30:07 PM PDT by OldGoatCPO (Social engineers build bad bridges.)
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To: Nachum
In 2011, nearly 22 percent of the fleet failed its yearly inspection,

Maybe the CO's of these ships should have a DADT policy on readiness.

11 posted on 07/13/2011 4:30:23 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Nachum; All

Thanks to all posters. Very good thread. FUND the people that defend this great nation...FREEZE the bureaucrats.


13 posted on 07/13/2011 4:32:59 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Travis McGee
China is taking the lead my FRiend.

We are out of SE Asia it looks like - Clinton has been told to get lost in not so many words. The planned military exercise is just for show - everyone knows it here.

Sucks for the Vietnamese and the Philippines.

Viets calling a draft and the front pages of the papers in the Philippines are all about the Spratleys

It is getting worse.

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

14 posted on 07/13/2011 4:34:07 PM PDT by expatguy (Donations make Expat Better!)
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To: US Navy Vet

I concur, the standard comment in 2004 was the CNO never got the memo we were at war. The CNO accelerate personnel cuts in the middle of the war. Now Obama with Gates and Mullens leading the charge have done more to destroy the Navy. We cannot keep submarines at sea well bells bells who cares if women serve on a sub in drydock?


15 posted on 07/13/2011 4:37:21 PM PDT by OldGoatCPO (Social engineers build bad bridges.)
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To: expatguy

When was the last time we drove a few carrier battle groups through Formosa Strait as a show of strength and determination to the Chicoms?


16 posted on 07/13/2011 4:37:59 PM PDT by Travis McGee (EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

I can’t recall - can you?


17 posted on 07/13/2011 4:46:53 PM PDT by expatguy (Donations make Expat Better!)
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To: clintonh8r

No, we don’t but it’s close! U.S. Code of law explicitly limits the total number of admirals that may be on active duty at any given time. The total number of active duty flag officers is capped at 216 for the Navy.[2] For the Navy, no more than 16.3% of the service’s active duty flag officers may have more than two stars, and no more than 25% of those may have four stars.[3][4][5] This corresponds to 9 admirals.

(Translated, that says that the total number of Rear, Vice, and full Admirals is 216, that no more than 35 may be three or four stars, and that no more than nine may be four-star Admirals — and they only get the fourth star if appointed to a position that is to be held by a full Admiral. These caps may be waived by the President in time of war or national emergency.)


18 posted on 07/13/2011 5:05:08 PM PDT by WellyP
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To: central_va

The priority is not defense of our country, it is ensuring that DOD is has done all the necessary sensitivity training to openly allow homosexuals in.


19 posted on 07/13/2011 5:30:29 PM PDT by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: BipolarBob
Can we outsource our Naval security to the Chinese? . . . Wait, that won’t work.

If it could be outsourced to China and done much more cheaply, some Americans would still be for it. National security hasn't been much of a priority for some for quite a few years.

20 posted on 07/13/2011 5:48:41 PM PDT by Will88
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To: phormer phrog phlyer

“The priority is not defense of our country, it is ensuring that DOD is has done all the necessary sensitivity training to openly allow homosexuals in.”

I never liked battleship gray anyway.. I am thinking a burnt umber and maybe some curtains to brighten the place up. We. May not be the most battle hardened navy but by darn we will be the most flamboyant.


21 posted on 07/13/2011 6:19:58 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (As long as the MSM covers for Obama, he will be above the law.)
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To: Nachum

“The Navy’s maintenance issues began in the 1990s when Washington sought a post–Cold War peace dividend. One of the first casualties was manpower, and that led to smaller Navy
maintenance crews.”

No. This is false. It was under CNO Admiral Vern Clark’s “optimal manning” plans beginning in 2001 that crew numbers were dramatically reduced. The invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq didn’t help matters either when it came to divying up Pentagon dollars.


22 posted on 07/13/2011 6:20:32 PM PDT by KantianBurke (Hey Tea Party folks - what about Social Security reform?)
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To: BipolarBob

Outsource, hell. If 0bama could get away with it, he’d sell the US Navy to the Chinese.


23 posted on 07/13/2011 7:25:25 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: phormer phrog phlyer

“The priority is not defense of our country, it is ensuring that DOD is has done all the necessary sensitivity training to openly allow homosexuals in.”

Diversity and the environment are the Navy’s priorities these days.


24 posted on 07/14/2011 4:27:18 AM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: expatguy

It’s been over a decade, at least.

I’ll bet the Whitehouse would not even consider a Formosa Strait run now.


25 posted on 07/14/2011 7:10:33 AM PDT by Travis McGee (EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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