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Mon Nov 4, 2019, 09:08 PM

Every Single US East Coast Aircraft Carrier is Docked for Repairs

Amid a heap of repairs, refuelings and overhauls, all six of the US Navy’s aircraft carriers assigned to the East Coast are in port at the same time. The Navy is pulling itself increasingly thin in an effort to accomodate the Pentagon’s program for “great power competition” with Russia and China.

As of this article’s publishing, not one of the US Navy’s carriers on the Atlantic coast is ready for deployment - all six are tied up dockside in Norfolk, Virginia. Earlier this year, several of the huge, 100,000-ton warships returned to Norfolk for a series of overhauls, but others have encountered unexpected problems.

The USS George HW Bush began a 28-month overhaul in February, not due to finish until mid-2021. The USS George Washington only recently returned to the water from drydock, where it was receiving mid-life repairs and updates, and won’t be ready until late 2021.

The USS John C. Stennis arrived at port in May for its years-long midlife refueling and overhaul, but it must wait until the Washington’s retrofit is finished before it can begin, being assigned “chores” like hosting naval aviators who need to qualify for carrier operations in the meantime, Navy Times reported.

Other ships might be closer to setting sail soon, Breaking Defense noted, but it could be “weeks or months” before that happens. The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower finished pre-deployment testing earlier this month, but must still complete further training before it’s ready to deploy; the USS Gerald R. Ford is expected to be delivered to the Navy before the end of the year.

The Ford should’ve been ready years ago, according to the Navy’s schedule, but one bungle after another in the ship’s many new advanced systems has left it unable to even be delivered. In August, the ship’s propulsion system was finally fixed, and shipmaker Huntington Ingalls has promised the Ford’s munitions elevators will all be working by the end of the year.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Mon Nov 4, 2019, 09:13 PM

1. You don't have to pretend to be sad about this; everybody knows you're not.

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Response to imwithfred (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 4, 2019, 09:17 PM

2. Did I indicate anywhere in the op that I was {{{sad}}}? Uh, nope...

MAGA, MAAAGA, MAAAAAGA!!!

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 4, 2019, 09:19 PM

3. Oh now, it's a "given,"

given your proclaimed anti-Semitism, your obvious anti-Americanism, your rabid anti-Trumpism.....

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Response to imwithfred (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 4, 2019, 09:28 PM

4. Wow, I won the trifecta!!!

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Response to imwithfred (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 12:49 AM

10. That and he's Putidude....

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Mon Nov 4, 2019, 09:31 PM

5. and russias ONLY carrier is a reef

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Response to Banshee 3 Actual (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 4, 2019, 09:34 PM

6. Carriers are soooo last century, no big deal. Waste of precious resources, imo.

A couple may be useful but beyond that, nyet.

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 4, 2019, 10:58 PM

8. Of course tovarich will talk down carriers since russia is so bad at making them

russia, a brown water navy

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Response to Banshee 3 Actual (Reply #8)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 12:48 AM

9. I just flused a Ruskie sub......you're right. It was brown....except for the corn...

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Mon Nov 4, 2019, 10:29 PM

7. So one nuke could sink half our force?

Did we not learn anything from Pearl Harbor?

Wink wink

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 10:26 AM

11. I'm not sure who.....

...is responsible for Shipyard and maintenance schedules for the US Navy but they should be fired. Scheduling the entire fleet for drydock and retrofit at the same time seems like a huge mistake. But, it just goes to show the inefficiency and total ignorance of an organization for whom cost is just really not an issue.

I have a vessel drydock coming up. Our vessels are working vessels. So when they're not working, they're not earning a day rate. And my vessels garner very nice day rates. These drydocks are regulatory and as such, they cannot be postponed. The schedules are agreed to months in advance. Not only to secure a drydock and shipyard but, also to ensure the vessels clients are prepared to either use another boat or, suspend operations until the shipyard period is complete.

No Privately owned Vessel Operator could ever schedule all of their vessels for shipyard at the same time...it would be economic suicide. Moreover, I guarantee that the schedules have been so mismanaged that the cost overruns are probably a nightmare. The longest I've ever had a vessel in shipyard was 7 months. And that was for a total diesel electric and Dynamic Positioning system overhaul. And even then, we finished up right at the proposed return to work/sea trials date.

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