The U.S. Navy will delay the refueling of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) for an unknown period because of the uncertain fiscal environment due to the ongoing legislative struggle, the service told Congress in a Friday message obtained by USNI News.
Lincoln was scheduled to be moved to Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Newport News Shipyard later this month to begin the 4-year refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of the ship.
This delay is due to uncertainty in the Fiscal Year 2013 appropriations bill, both in the timing and funding level available for the first full year of the contract, the message said.
CVN-72 will remain at Norfolk Naval Base where the ships force personnel will continue to conduct routine maintenance until sufficient funding is received for the initial execution of the RCOH.
Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower subcommittee released a statement denouncing the need for decision.
Forbes called the delay, another example of how these reckless and irresponsible defense cuts in Washington will have a long-term impact on the Navys ability to perform its missions. Not only will the Lincoln be delayed in returning to the Fleet, but this decision will also affect the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) defueling, the USS George Washington (CVN-73) RCOH, and future carrier readiness.
Let’s see if any of the R’s will even mention that the “Sequester” was stated by the WH. They lie and blame it on the congress meaning the R’s and no one refuted it. The R’s always think the people are smart enough to follow the truth. Well, they always assume too much of the sheeple.
This is turning into a real "Fall of the Soviet Empire" scenario. Same reason, too! Too many communists running things and not enough cash.
Add in bringing our nuke stock down to 300 then zero and you are very near not having to fire a shot to take over the country.Scary just how fast a communist administration can stealthily destroy a once great country.
Its all starts with beating us politically every time.
Little changes there so far.