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The Navy Is Dropping Down to Just Two Deployed Carriers
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Posted on 01/25/2014 7:09:17 PM PST by ClaytonP

The U.S. Navy is about to cut in half the number of aircraft carriers it keeps ready for combat. Starting in 2015, just two American flattops will be on station at any given time, down from three or four today.

The change is spelled out in a presentation by Adm. Bill Gortney, head of Fleet Forces Command. The U.S. Naval Institute published the presentation on its Website on Jan. 24.

The new “Optimized Fleet Response Plan” represents an effort to standardize training, maintenance and overseas cruise schedules for the Navy’s 283 front-line warships, in particular the 10 nuclear-powered carriers.

The OFRP is also meant to save money and keep the Navy functioning under budget cuts mandated by the sequestration law. But to be clear, even after the change the Navy will still deploy more, bigger and better ships than any other maritime force in the world.

Warships will adopt a 36-month calendar. In each three-year cycle, a ship will sail on patrol once for eight months. “All required maintenance, training, evaluations and a single eight-month deployment will be efficiently scheduled,” Gortney claimed.

That means less than a quarter of the combat fleet—possibly fewer than 70 ships—will be deployed at any given time, down from 81 today. The Navy keeps around two-thirds of its combat power in the Pacific, equal to around 45 deployed ships under the OFRP.

Fewer frontline ships will be on patrol under the new plan, but those ships—and their crews—should be in better condition, having spent more time at home for training and refit, Gortney claimed. “The Optimized Fleet Response Plan has been developed to enhance the stability and predictability for our sailors.”

Sailing less often also helps the Navy shift funding into ship maintenance, a traditionally under-funded but vital activity that ensures vessels can serve for their entire 30-to-50-year planned lifespan.

But the undeniable fact is that there will be fewer Navy ships near potential hot spots starting next year. Based on historical patterns, it’s likely the Navy will keep one aircraft carrier in the Western Pacific near China and another in the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf to watch over Iran.

U.S. flattops will be routinely absent from the rest of the world’s oceans, although the Navy will also be able to deploy two assault ships carrying helicopters and Harrier or Joint Strike Fighter jump jets—mini-carriers, in a sense.

Moreover, the OFRP standardizes and enlarges carrier strike groups, concentrating the smaller deployed fleet into fewer but bigger formations. “These CSGs will be composed of seven to eight, vice current three to four, surface combatants,” Gortney explained.

The concentration will be achieved in part by shifting ballistic-missile-defense ships—cruisers and destroyers fitted with missiles and radars for shooting down enemy rockets—away from independent patrols. Instead, many of the BMD ships will sail alongside the carriers.

The addition of missile-defense ships to the carrier groups could help the flattops defend themselves against Chinese-made DF-21D “carrier-killer” rockets in the event of a major war.

But Gortney stressed that some missile-defense patrols will need to be independent—most likely, those conducted by the Navy’s new four-ship destroyer squad in Rota, Spain. Those four ships are meant to patrol the Mediterranean, where American aircraft carriers will rarely venture.

The handful of destroyers carrying Scan Eagle drones and Fire Scout robot helicopters could also be exempted from carrier-group duty, Gortney added. These vessels frequently sail alone along the East African coast in order to gather intelligence for Special Operations Forces secretly working ashore.

The new plan will mean fewer but more powerful Navy deployments, but does not mean an end to routine, small-scale humanitarian and goodwill cruises. Rather, those “softer” naval missions are increasingly the purview of the quasi-civilian Military Sealift Command, which operates more than 100 lightly-armed specialist ships alongside the frontline Navy.

The Navy recently bought MSC 10 small, speedy catamaran transports and four Mobile Landing Platform “sea base” ships specifically so that those cheaper vessels could handle soft missions. Sealift Command ships might become a more common sight across the globe at the same time that aircraft carriers become rarer.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: aircraftcarriers; carriers; nationalsecurityfail; navy; usnavy
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1 posted on 01/25/2014 7:09:17 PM PST by ClaytonP
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To: ClaytonP

That’s about enough of a navy to maybe defend Canandaigua Lake.


2 posted on 01/25/2014 7:14:09 PM PST by faithhopecharity (C)
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To: ClaytonP
Looks like the US is well on its way to achieving Obama's goal of no combat effective task forces available.

All those dormant flattops will make great section 8 housing for the underprivileged.

3 posted on 01/25/2014 7:15:08 PM PST by skeeter
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To: ClaytonP

Shades of the fading British Empire about 55 years ago.


4 posted on 01/25/2014 7:15:44 PM PST by man_in_tx (Blowback (Faithfully farting twowards Mecca five times daily).)
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To: ClaytonP

All part of the left’s plan to put the U.S. on an equal footing with other nations.

It’s just not “fair” for us to have more military might than, say, Angola. What’s so special about us?


5 posted on 01/25/2014 7:16:58 PM PST by Signalman
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To: blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; Defender2; ...

Active Duty ping.


6 posted on 01/25/2014 7:18:04 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: skeeter

3rd world military here we come, wearing turbans and pink berets and rainbow sashes


7 posted on 01/25/2014 7:18:59 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: ClaytonP

Hey, wouldn’t want to put our enemies out with too many targets.


8 posted on 01/25/2014 7:22:32 PM PST by bgill
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To: ClaytonP

Si vis pacem, para bellum


9 posted on 01/25/2014 7:22:35 PM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: ClaytonP
Pearl Harbor again..credit: pResident 0'B@$t@rd.

10 posted on 01/25/2014 7:23:13 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: GeronL
Obama thinks all that hardware is just there to protect the rich, white folks. If we're attacked the enemy will naturally attack only rich white folks and leave Obama's constituents in peace.

Heck, they may even invited them in on the plunder of the spoils.

11 posted on 01/25/2014 7:23:21 PM PST by skeeter
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To: skeeter

Would not be unexpected


12 posted on 01/25/2014 7:24:45 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: ClaytonP

I guess I can forget everything I ever learned...like “haze gray and underway.”,and the prime directive...”sailors belong on ships and ships belong at sea.”


13 posted on 01/25/2014 7:25:50 PM PST by oldsalt (There's no such thing as a free lunch.)
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To: rlmorel
...!!!
14 posted on 01/25/2014 7:27:59 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: ClaytonP

So two carrier task forces deployed at any given time means one off the East Coast and one off the West Coast, right?

No. It means one in the Western Pacific and one in the Indian Ocean / Persian Gulf region.

There is sonething fundamentally wrong with our foreign policy.


15 posted on 01/25/2014 7:28:24 PM PST by Pan_Yan (Who told you that you were naked? Genesis 3:11)
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To: ClaytonP

If these cuts are occurring during a time of “economic recovery,” imagine what shape the armed services will be in at the next downturn.


16 posted on 01/25/2014 7:29:54 PM PST by clearcarbon
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To: faithhopecharity
glad you dint say Seneca...
17 posted on 01/25/2014 7:31:14 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: clearcarbon

Two rubber duckies


18 posted on 01/25/2014 7:31:26 PM PST by faithhopecharity (C)
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To: clearcarbon

With the Dhimmis in charge, there will never be an economic downturn. Remember, under Stalin, the USSR never had a downturn. (/sarc)


19 posted on 01/25/2014 7:32:27 PM PST by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was blind, but now I see...)
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To: ClaytonP

Mr. Hagel, you didn’t ask me, but, you’ll be sorry you allowed us to lower our defenses to this light level. The Chinese are doing the exact opposite.


20 posted on 01/25/2014 7:32:30 PM PST by lee martell
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To: skeeter
Perhaps a new toy for Obama...

 photo aircraft-carrier-with-golf-course.jpg

21 posted on 01/25/2014 7:35:23 PM PST by digger48
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To: Chode

I couldn’t spell seneka.


22 posted on 01/25/2014 7:36:54 PM PST by faithhopecharity (C)
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To: ClaytonP

WHAT??????


23 posted on 01/25/2014 7:37:16 PM PST by RaceBannon (Lk 16:31 And he said unto him If they hear not Moses and the prophets neither will theybe persuaded)
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To: ClaytonP

At one time this would never fly the GOP congress critters would not allow it to happen.

So who in the GOP will say no..Cruz..Paul..somehow I doubt it.


24 posted on 01/25/2014 7:37:27 PM PST by montanajoe
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To: faithhopecharity
you from NY???
25 posted on 01/25/2014 7:38:37 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: skeeter
All those dormant flattops will make great section 8 housing for the underprivileged.

Well, considering how much we hear about "white privilege" and since Hispanics and Asians and se Asians are still considered "white", that only leaves one ethnic group as "underprivileged".

26 posted on 01/25/2014 7:42:52 PM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: Chode

I get very angry when I see this drawdown in the military, and Obama flies his damned wife on a separate Osprey and his dog on a different one.

This just makes steam come out of my ears. I can’t stand it.

I can’t stand it. I am okay with cutting back on defense spending if we are required to spend money we don’t have, BUT ONLY IF THEY CUT BACK EQUALLY EVERYWHERE ELSE!

Grrrr. I hate these grifters running our government with a white-hot passion.


27 posted on 01/25/2014 7:44:34 PM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: ClaytonP

The sad truth is that we cannot afford a military force that is the present size. If we demand that the federal government must stop spending money that it does not have, then the military will have to be downsized and all branches of the service will have to make painful choices.


28 posted on 01/25/2014 7:47:40 PM PST by theBuckwheat
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To: Chode

No just liked visiting and thought that lake might be defendable with Obama’s two ship navy.


29 posted on 01/25/2014 7:47:59 PM PST by faithhopecharity (C)
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To: rlmorel
100%!!! it'll take a decade or two to recover...

but then again, after eight years of Hillery, maybe never

30 posted on 01/25/2014 7:50:41 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: ClaytonP

America really, really needs to bring back American manufacturing, to America.

Now.

Don’t buy stuff which is all made in China.

Just saying.


31 posted on 01/25/2014 7:51:26 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ( http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
The new “Optimized Fleet Response Plan” represents an effort to... simplify surrender. Thanks ClaytonP.
32 posted on 01/25/2014 7:51:49 PM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: faithhopecharity
hope you had a good time... finger lakes is beautiful country
33 posted on 01/25/2014 7:52:28 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian
"With the Dhimmis in charge, there will never be an economic downturn. Remember, under Stalin, the USSR never had a downturn."

They'll still be singing "Happy Days are Here Again," even if they're forced to do it in Chinese.
34 posted on 01/25/2014 7:53:36 PM PST by clearcarbon
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To: Cringing Negativism Network


35 posted on 01/25/2014 7:54:22 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: GeronL
Maybe they'll make fatigues like this.


36 posted on 01/25/2014 7:54:30 PM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: ClaytonP

What do Barry and his ‘RATS call this? Oh yeah, “fundamental transformation”.


37 posted on 01/25/2014 7:55:28 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare. The "global warming" of healthcare plans.)
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To: ClaytonP

However, from a strategic point, could we not maintain a fleet based on min max. Rotate the manpower around each battle group keeping the manpower at a optimal low and the rotated hardware at an optimal high with reserves being trained in the process.


38 posted on 01/25/2014 7:56:29 PM PST by kvanbrunt2
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To: ClaytonP

War through weakness. It’s inevitable.


39 posted on 01/25/2014 7:58:09 PM PST by EternalVigilance (With God all things are possible.)
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To: Chode

Yes. Very beautiful. In sept and October anyway.


40 posted on 01/25/2014 8:00:40 PM PST by faithhopecharity (C)
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To: ClaytonP

Damn it guys, that dough is needed to fund welfare benefits for the millions of new illegals who will flood across the border if the morons in congress even THINK about reforming the so-called “system”.

You just don’t understand.


41 posted on 01/25/2014 8:02:01 PM PST by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: faithhopecharity
most beautyous when the leaves change
42 posted on 01/25/2014 8:03:13 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Chode

Yes the leaves are amazingly pretty. Outsiders wouldn’t understand but it’s true!


43 posted on 01/25/2014 8:04:25 PM PST by faithhopecharity (C)
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To: ClaytonP

It’s all part of the plan to knock down the USA so they can implement their New World Order.


44 posted on 01/25/2014 8:04:32 PM PST by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: Signalman
Not to worry. Those expensive carriers will be replaced by a fleet of THESE fierce and intimidating warships.

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Armed with a single M2 .50 caliber Browning, this much feared naval vessel carries up to 30 rounds of aluminum piercing ammunition. It is the first in an entirely new naval architecture class -- technically, “clitoral” (not to be confused with “littoral”) -- being pushed on the Pentagon by the defense minded wussies in the Obama Administration as a cost-saving measure. If you look closely, you can see the heavy-duty seat restraint which prevents the pilot/gunner – Kamakazi Kowalski – from leaping from the vessel prior to engaging the enemy. The 12 V trolling motor – which lacks a reverse function -- propels this sophisticated craft forward at a top speed of 4 knots. Reverse travel – at approximately 35 knots -- is achieved by firing the Browning.

The no-bid contract to build 200 of these fearsome warships was to have been awarded to Obama-Soros-Emanuel Shipbuilding and Stormdoor Manufacturing (formerly General Dynamics) and will be administered by trusted Obama associate and former Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel who commented that, at $12 million each, they are a bargain. They will be constructed exclusively at the company’s facility in Kenya with major subcomponent production (rivets and miscellaneous fasteners) at the company’s Harlem and Skokie plants. Delivery is expected to begin in 2024 (or as soon as the subcontractors’ funds are safely in the contractor's Swiss account).

45 posted on 01/25/2014 8:05:46 PM PST by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: ClaytonP

bkmk


46 posted on 01/25/2014 8:07:03 PM PST by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: man_in_tx

The British Empire ruined itself by too many commitments, too many allies, too many interventions. They did not heed the wise warnings of the great Conservative PM, Lord Salisbury, of the danger of national exhaustion through endless involvements in foreign strifes.


47 posted on 01/25/2014 8:09:26 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Chode

America needs to bring back American manufacturing.

We are shrinking.

Our military budget is maxed out. We need to grow.


48 posted on 01/25/2014 8:10:10 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ( http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: ClaytonP

Going the path of the UK!


49 posted on 01/25/2014 8:13:19 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: ClaytonP
The reduction in the Clinton terms brought about the USS John F Kennedy and Kitty Hawk situations following 9/11. Due to maintenance issues {determined not by the Captain but by The Pentagon} lead to those two ships being unable to light off and get underway.

To keep “ANY” ship combat & crew ready they must spend considerable time underway for both the crews readiness sake and the ships systems. Many situations can only be trained for at sea.

This is like closing up your house and living in it only once every three years for eight months. Not lived in houses do not fair well in the long run nor do non deployed ships. Every Captain worth his salt is eager to get his ship out of the yards and back underway because the ship is most efficent and top operational doing so. Granted there is needed down time as well. Even Junior Enlisted sailors are smart enough to understand this.

50 posted on 01/25/2014 8:21:20 PM PST by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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