Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot,
by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse.
" -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Saturday, February 28, 2009

That Ship is Fraked!, Part IV

This is a Navy Times article concerning the grounding of the USS Port Royal. (H/T to Galran)


That they may need to replace the reduction gears is a real bit of bad news. Reduction gears are very complex and, in the manufacturing process, are extremely long lead time items.

The Spruance class destroyers probably had similar reduction gearing, as they used the same basic hull and the same types of engines. But they aren't available, as the Navy sank the vast majority of them in "training exercises." Time was that when ships were retired, the Navy kept them in vast reserve fleets for any future emergencies. If parts were needed for active ships that were not avaiable, they could be stripped from the reserve ships.

But since the end of the Cold War, the Navy has not been that farsighted.

On another note, if you want to know what the condition of the Navy's fleet is, rots of ruck to you. For the first time since the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) was formed after the Civil War, the Navy is classifying INSURV reports. One has to wonder why this is so and what the Navy is trying to hide.

My guess is that the Navy has cut back on ship maintenance and that the material readiness of the surface fleet is a lot poorer than they want us to know. Your mileage may vary.


Russ said...

I'm am very saddened by this. What it points out is that Bush 1, Clinton and Bush 2 moved in and didn't do any maintenance, let the water heater leak so the floor joists are rotten, put cardboard in to replace the broken windows and left a hole in the roof because someone told them years ago that it's not like you really need to spend the money. Let the new owner pay for that. I have met the enemy and it is........

Cujo359 said...

I don't know what it proves. What I have noticed over the years is an increased desire to classify any information that's in the least bit useful. That's not a good thing, because if all the information having to do with how the armed services are doing is classified, then very few people in our own government will be able to find out.