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#1 User is offline   pepperonikkid 

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  Posted 10 February 2013 - 01:25 AM

Navy: Lincoln Refueling Delayed, Will Hurt Carrier Readiness



http://news.usni.org
By: USNI News Editor
Friday, February 8, 2013



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The aircraft carriers USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), USS Enterprise (CVN-65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) are in port at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. US Navy Photo




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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 Navy’s 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.”

The move by the navy is the second this week involving funding for carriers. On Wednesday it announced it would delay the deployment of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) to the Middle East do to the ongoing budget strife bringing the total number of carriers in U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) to one until funding normalizes.

“Canceling and deferring maintenance creates a significant backlog of deferred maintenance and affects future year schedules and cost, as well as future readiness,” said Lt. Courtney Hillson, a Navy spokesperson.

“The fiscal uncertainty created by not having an appropriations bill — and the measures we are forced to take as a result, place significant stress on an already strained force and undermines the stability of a fragile industrial base.”

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 03:16 AM

In effect, the inability to refuel USS Lincoln reduces the navy's aircraft carrier fleet by one. Which means a handicapped ability for the US to project military force.

Which is another way of saying decline.

I would like to see this reversed.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:37 AM

View Postfishandchips, on 10 February 2013 - 03:16 AM, said:

In effect, the inability to refuel USS Lincoln reduces the navy's aircraft carrier fleet by one. Which means a handicapped ability for the US to project military force.

Which is another way of saying decline.

I would like to see this reversed.


The Truman was supposed to leave for the Gulf, but has been delayed because of this crappola, too, which means instead of having 2 CBGs in the Gulf, we will only have 1. Yeah, Obama and the democrats are doing a bang up job; eh?
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 09:24 AM

View Postxtremeright, on 10 February 2013 - 07:37 AM, said:

The Truman was supposed to leave for the Gulf, but has been delayed because of this crappola, too, which means instead of having 2 CBGs in the Gulf, we will only have 1. Yeah, Obama and the democrats are doing a bang up job; eh?


The average mouth breather don't know these things because they don't understand the significance of them. The Navy continues to air commercials showing our naval power on patrol. They need to amend those commercials and let people know our boats are in port. Of course that's a "political" attack and that isn't allowed after 1974, thanks to the UCMJ. Prior to that time Generals and Soldiers had the same ability any other American had to question it's leadership.
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 09:25 AM

Barry Hussein: Keeping America Safe!!
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 10:35 AM

It's going to happen now or it will happen later. The government is running out of money and there is no stopping it. Eventually we will be lucky to afford a canoe with a guy in it with a machine gun.

Finances are driving the bus and it now controls us.
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 10:44 AM

Didn't we see this happen to the USSR military, right before the country fractured into pieces and is now controlled by thugs?
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 12:03 PM

The utter audacity of Obama's government to use deceit against the American people is beyond the pale.

This is pressure on Congress to cave in to Obama.

I received from the Air Force Association two days ago an email that essentially put pressure on US to contact Congress and prevent the sequester. Interestingly enough, the NAVY got much that same message around the same time.

Playing politics with the defense budget would be an impeachable offense. I'm all for it!
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 06:14 PM

Navy: Lincoln Refueling Delayed, Will Hurt Carrier Readiness.

1. So right now, the US Navy has 9 carriers to cover the world since the Lincoln is going to do a 4 year overhaul. And depending when that picture was taken 5 of them maybe inport at Norfolk, VA leaving 4 carriers to cover the world. WTF????
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:06 PM

View Postxtremeright, on 10 February 2013 - 07:37 AM, said:

The Truman was supposed to leave for the Gulf, but has been delayed because of this crappola, too, which means instead of having 2 CBGs in the Gulf, we will only have 1. Yeah, Obama and the democrats are doing a bang up job; eh?

thats what they want, heaven to them would be all the carriers in mothballs
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