Allen West “As a career Army officer, I must finally make this admission”

It is a matter of naval tradition that its carriers are named after former presidents. At this rate, the USS Barack H. Obama will be a tugboat. ~ Allen West

US Navy destroyers

As Written By (Retired) LTC Allen B. West:

After serving 22 years in the U.S. Army, it is time I make this formal admission. It is maritime power – a strong navy — not an army — by which a nation extends and projects its power.

It’s a known fact that goes back to the ancient Phoenicians. The Spartans were renowned as a formidable land force, but the Athenians ruled the Aegean. It was a lesson that the Romans learned and invested heavily in order to defeat the Carthaginians and rule the Mediterranean. Even the nations of Europe, first the Portuguese, the Dutch, the French, and of course the British realized its importance in being a dominant power. And during the major wars of the 20th century, Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan understood its worth if their designs of global hegemony would be achieved. And we, America, learned early as a nation in facing the Barbary pirates and eventually built a formidable fleet.

A powerful navy is vital for trade and the protection of the sea lanes of commerce, which is vital to a nation’s economic prosperity. Yep, I guess since Army hasn’t beaten Navy in football since 9-11-01 we need to acquiesce.

However, let history remind us, it is our U.S. Army that has conducted more amphibious landing assaults — the largest, Operation Overlord (D-Day landings at Normandy) and one of the most strategically brilliant, planned by Army General MacArthur — the Inchon landing.

Perhaps someone needs to send this current Obama administration to the U.S. Naval War College up in Newport Rhode Island because they just don’t get it.

Last week, what we’ve been sharing here, the decimation of our U.S. Army, finally became a news item. We’ve seen recent reports on Fox News about the horrific situation regarding U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 fighter jets, and likewise for U.S. Air Force B-1 Bombers and F-16 fighter aircraft. Now, we see the devastation of our U.S. Navy.

As the Washington Free Beacon reports, “The U.S. Navy is suffering from an inability to deploy ships to key international conflict zones due to rising maintenance issues on an aging fleet, that is increasingly being sidelined for lengthy repairs, according to military experts and a new government investigation.

Heavy demand on the Navy’s fleet during the past decade has compromised the operational conditions of many ships, forcing military leaders to sideline these vessels for lengthy repairs that experts say will severely limit the Navy’s ability to respond to emerging threats in the Persian Gulf and Asia-Pacific regions.

Critical maintenance was completed on time on just 11 percent of the Navy’s aircraft carriers in 2015, causing these vessels to lose around 181 deployment days, according to the latest projections by the Government Accountability Office.

The situation is worse for surface combatant ships. Maintenance on these vessels was completed on time in just 28 percent of cases, causing the fleet to lose around 391 total deployment days, according to the GAO latest report.

Military experts told the Washington Free Beacon that the “Navy crunch” is not expected to end anytime soon, raising questions about the United States’ ability to respond on multiple fronts in key conflict zones.”

We previously shared here the abysmal story about the U.S. Navy “gapping” CVBG (Carrier Battlegroup) coverage in the Persian Gulf last year — the first time in some seven years. These United States of America had to ask the French Navy and its on-station CVBG to provide coverage — and the ensuing result was a drop in aerial strikes against ISIS.

Yes, I know, many of you will say, “why should I care, we don’t need this large force.” Perhaps that may be true, but what you do need is a deterrent capability and a power projection platform, which is what maritime capability provides.

And perhaps, we could have been better positioned so we wouldn’t have had ….



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