Adm. William F. Moran, the vice chief of naval operations, told a House Armed Services subcommittee on military readiness that the demands on ships that do not return to the United States on a regular basis will be scrutinized.
DesJarlais said the need to rebuild the military comes as the result of “heavy cuts” made by the previous Obama administration as well as the increasing assertiveness of North Korea, China, Iran, ISIS and other USA adversaries.
It is not clear when the plane will arrive at Bradley, but the procession is expected to proceed through Suffield shortly before 5 p.m as it heads toward the Nicholson & Carmon Funeral Home.
Lawmakers have been warning of a USA military readiness crisis and many, including Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and his Senate counterpart John McCain (R-Ariz), see the fatal accidents as the epitome of that crisis. Seven sailors died in their flooded berthing compartments.
“I think we can all agree that our nation failed our sailors and their families”, said Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va., the chairman of the sea power panel. The latest collision, involving the USS McCain, accounted for 10 of the 17 deaths caused by the mishaps.
However, the certification reports suggest that the US Navy might have supplied knowingly the ships to sea that weren’t certified for the missions, said Bryan Clark, a senior fellow at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. This represents more than a fivefold increase in the percentage of expired warfare certifications for these ships since GAO’s May 2015 report. He also said extended tours overseas have hurt readiness.
Naval officers testify Thursday before Congress. Daily said. “In the end, it’s about time”.
Courtney also asked about the parameters, and timetable, for the Navy’s investigation of the collisions.
Still, the Navy’s training certification issues may raise the sharpest questions from lawmakers. Moran said that study would take about 60 days.
The Fitzgerald is scheduled to depart Yokosuka sometime between mid-September and the end of October, and will remain under 7th Fleet jurisdiction during the repairs, Navy officials said last month. The navy will likely have to make similar arrangements for USS John S. McCain once the damage to the ship has been fully assessed.
“Our culture is we’re going to get it done”.
Placing forward deployments as a higher priority than less-sexy tasks like crew certification, ship maintenance, and technology upgrades “places sailors at risk”, Wittman said, “and clearly contributed to the incidents that we witness in the Seventh Fleet”.