The US Navy’s Pacific Fleet is a Symptom and not THE Problem

Yes, the United States Navy’s Pacific Fleet has had some serious issues this year. Putting aside the fact that military training is by its very nature hazardous, there are some real issues to be resolved. The Navy, your Navy, has been asked to do so much with so little for so long that it is now time to pay the piper. Congress has totally failed to give the Navy what it needs to do the tasks assigned. Here are some of the issues.

As Written By Brad Lendon, Zachary Cohen and Steve George, for CNN:

It was a once-in-a-decade display of American firepower.

Three US Navy aircraft carriers — the largest, most sophisticated warships in history — assembled off the Korean Peninsula, in a move timed to coincide with US President Donald Trump’s first official visit to the region.
But behind the dramatic show of force, questions are emerging as to whether the US Navy is up to the challenges it faces in the Pacific — from both a nuclear-armed North Korea and a strengthening China — at a time when its top leaders acknowledge it lacks the money, manpower and weapons to ensure success. And when a massive corruption scandal threatens the ranks of dozens of its top officers.
The three-carrier exercise, conducted in early November with South Korean and Japanese warships, was just one of about 160 multilateral and bilateral exercises performed this year in the area of operations overseen by the Navy’s 7th Fleet, a Navy spokesperson told CNN. That’s about one exercise every two days.
And the tempo of operations isn’t slowing.

Stretched too thin?

Just two days after the three carriers — the USS Ronald Reagan, USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Nimitz, and their multi-ship strike groups — wrapped up four days of war games off Korea, the USS Ronald Reagan, with its air wing and three guided-missile destroyers, began a 10-day exercise with Japanese naval units off Okinawa.
While the US exercises are intended to reassure Asian allies and to show North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that the United States will not be intimidated by Pyongyang’s testing of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, the moves also highlight concerns that the 7th Feet is being stretched too thin.
The toll of operations in the Pacific has been grim this…..


US Navy Pacific Fleet at breaking point – CNNPolitics

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