Pentagon Admirals Shovel so Much Navy Money to Defense Corporations There Isn’t Enough Left for Basic Ship Repair

Nuclear submarines spend an astounding 1019 days in "idle time" on average before repairs can even begin

All that money and you can’t even keep the ships you have running?

A grim 75 percent of the Navy’s carrier and submarine fleets are unable to make it through scheduled repairs on time, averaging 113 days late for aircraft carriers and 225 days late for submarines.

The findings by the Government Accountability Office shed new light on a problem the Navy has not been able to get its hands around, and led the service to implement an emergency call up of 1,629 Reservists in June to pitch in on repair work at the service’s four shipyards.

The new report, which charted shipyard issues between 2015 and 2019, noted that despite the Navy boosting its shipyard workforce by 3,800 people and spending $2.8 billion to address shipyard performance during that time period, ships continue to languish in port.

In responses to the GAO, the Navy said things for the attack submarine fleet in particular are likely to get worse before they get better.

Idle time, or the time a Los Angeles or Virginia-class submarine waited before work could begin, increased each year from 100 days in 2015 to an astounding 1,019 days in 2019, representing a 919 percent increase.

“According to Navy officials, they expect the number of days of idle time to continue to increase for the next 2 fiscal years,” the report states, noting that as of June of this year, according to NAVSEA officials, of the four submarines planned to wrap up their repair work in 2020, three would be delayed, while wrapped up five days early.

Even while so many attack subs sit idle in port awaiting repair, theater commanders continue to call for the undersea asset at levels as high as ever as the Chinese navy continues to increase its size and rate of deployments, and Russian subs prowl the North Atlantic with increasing regularity.

The backlogs will be increasingly difficult to push through, as Pentagon budgets are likely to remain flat [“flat” but at an insanely high level, also flat usually doesn’t mean actually flat but just a flat yearly increase] in coming years, pinching shipbuilding and repair budgets as the Navy moves out on its new Columbia-class submarine effort at the same time it undertakes a major overhaul of many Virginia-class subs.

An analysis of the 2021 defense budget and future defense trends published today by Todd Harrison and Seamus Daniels of CSIS paints a grim picture of future miltiary spending. The skyrocketing national debt and the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will force some tough choices on the federal government in the coming years, they say. “Fiscal austerity will inevitably force DoD to consider difficult strategic choices that it has largely avoided until now. DoD can preserve strategic maneuver space by beginning to prepare for a drawdown now. But the longer these preparations are delayed, the narrower the range options available will become.”

But work will continue. Large-scale work on the first of the 12 planned Columbia submarines is slated to kick off in 2021, with deliveries starting in 2030 — just in time to begin replacing the Cold War-era Ohio-class subs as the Navy’s leg of the nation’s nuclear triad. The subs will carry 70 percent of the warheads allowed by the New Start treaty with Russia.

Last year, the Navy awarded a $22.2 billion deal to Electric Boat and Huntington Ingalls for nine new Virginia-class submarines, which the service says will make them more lethal, and much harder to detect when operating close to hostile shores. The contract includes an option for a tenth boat, which would bring the contract up to $24.1 billion if enacted. The program would see the delivery of the first fast-attack sub in 2025.

Source: Breaking Defence

11 Comments
  1. restless94110 says

    Pentagon admirals got to go.

  2. nick1111 says

    Country is turning fast into a one deep shit hole

  3. cechas vodobenikov says

    amerikan insecurity and fear of death is reflected in all their wars—USA loses all wars except vs defenseless island nations…as their empire collapses theyr becoming even less competent

  4. disqus_3BrONUAJno says

    All other concerns are irrelevant as long as the MICIMATT continues to derive profits.

  5. ke4ram says

    No Problemo!!!! Just counterfeit a few more trillions and voila! Done. The new Zimbabwe USA!

    Remember the old joke about the wife saying she’s not broke because she still has checks?

    That is now the USA… as it slowly destroys its currency.

    1. disqus_3BrONUAJno says

      There is no way to print currency fast enough to monetize the debt, so expansion of quantitative easing will not lead to price inflation.

  6. ke4ram says

    “The skyrocketing national debt and the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will force some tough choices on the federal government in the coming years”

    corrected

    The skyrocketing national debt and the economic impact of the Psycho Politicians will force some tough choices on the federal government in the coming years

  7. Saint Jimmy (Russian American) says

    We no longer have a military for defense of the country and the American people. We haven’t had such a military for decades. We have a corporate and billionaire protection force and a multi-national corporate welfare program. Ironically, those who benefit most from the trillions in government give away money to corporations complain the most about struggling Americans who cannot find a decent job with decent health care and retirement benefits and live frugally on poverty level wages.

    When will Americans finally wake up to this giant, murderous parasite?

    1. Sn SM says

      CORRECT…it bears repeating again…these defense projects are “Make
      Work” programs and Corporate Welfare , The new and utterly defective Boeing
      Air-tanker is an excellent example…WHO anywhere else buys a known defective
      product like that and just keeps letting the company demand more $$. Would
      you buy a product like that yourself ?

  8. Charles Homer says

    As shown in this article, Congress recently voted in favour making the “Endless War” even longer:

    https://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2020/07/prolonging-endless-war.html

    The fact that Democrats would vote with the Republicans to defeat Amendment 5 of the National Defense Authorization Act suggests that the Democrats will do anything to see that Donald Trump’s agenda is soundly defeated.

  9. fluttershield mlp says

    Good news indeed! Fewer war crimes with fewer USN ships looking for “bad guys.”

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