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By its own admission, the U.S. Navy is straining to meet its operational demands. Regular deployments routinely exceed the old six-month standard, and increasingly, ships are away from home for seven and eight months. The high operations tempo, particularly hard on aircraft carriers and amphibious ships, is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.
But one ship in that group has been conspicuously absent from the deployed battle force.
Instead of loading up hundreds of Marines and their gear from a Marine expeditionary unit (MEU) for extended operations with an amphibious ready group (ARG) — like all other amphibious assault ships — the Norfolk, Va.-based Wasp has been held out of the deployment rotation and generally kept close to home.
While sister ship Kearsarge completed an 8½-month cruise in 2011, and the Bataan got back in February from a deployment lasting 10½ months, Wasp’s longest time at sea in recent years didn’t even reach four months.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by SrWingCommander
It may be that there is a problem with it that would cost so much to fix that it would be as cheap to get a new ship instead of repairing her. The Navy, like the Air Force has to keep a certain number of ships in the fleet, and I believe a certain number of each class. So they may be in a position where they CAN'T fix her, but don't want to admit there is a problem with her.
I know the Air Force has a number of aircraft that aren't flyable, but every few months they go out and run engines, and move them around. They have to keep them in inventory, so they can't get rid of them.