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Navy details budget cuts to aircraft/ships

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posted on Sep, 9 2013 @ 06:34 AM
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Under sequestration, unless something changes, the Navy will have to account for the loss of about $14B in money in FY14. That is going to come out to probably meaning the loss of an LCS, an Afloat Forward Staging Base, a Virginia class advanced procurement, a carrier overhaul, and 25 aircraft from helicopters, to P-8s, to F-35s.

The aircraft are going to take a big hit next year, both between procurement, and maintenance cuts. Depot funds have been cut to around $935 million next year, requiring a cut to aircraft availability to NavAir. If full funding is restored after next year, it will take 5 years to run all those aircraft through their planned depot maintenance.

They are also cutting flying hours to levels that haven't been seen in a long time. Between flying hours, and operating budgets, carrier readiness is going to drop from 3 CSGs, and 3 ARGs ready to deploy as back ups to the ships out at sea, down to one ready to deploy.


Unless Congress changes the nation’s financial course, the U.S. Navy will be forced to make some drastic cuts in aircraft and ship numbers to accommodate a loss of about $14 billion due to sequestration and other budgetary issues, says Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations.

Shipbuilding accounts will take a hit, he said during a Sept. 5 speech at the American Enterprise Institute. “I would see the loss of a Littoral Combat Ship, an Afloat-Forward Staging Base and advanced procurement for a Virginia-class submarine and a carrier overhaul,” Greenert says. “We might lose two more — a submarine and a destroyer — if we are unable to reprogram and move money into those accounts.”

The Navy will lose about 25 aircraft, from helicopters to P-8s to F-35s, he says.

The service exempts military manpower from the cuts, and this means 14% reductions for all other accounts, Greenert notes. Unless it gets more money or more flexibility to apportion its current funding, the Navy will have to cancel half of its ship availabilities.

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posted on Sep, 9 2013 @ 06:42 AM
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Amid this? Our clueless idiot of a President figures it's the PERFECT time to start NEW hostilities and likely the most serious since 1990 for the level of sheer desperation among the other side. They fight with everything or they die with nothing...and they know it.

This is the time he chooses to take us to war. Oh...we need relief before the Navy gets MUCH MUCH larger cuts to the bottom of the Ocean.



posted on Sep, 9 2013 @ 08:34 AM
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They dont need pilots so much with all the drones, they are phasing it all out for a full on drone army.



posted on Sep, 9 2013 @ 09:55 AM
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Originally posted by Biigs
They dont need pilots so much with all the drones, they are phasing it all out for a full on drone army.


Yeah, they're phasing it all out for a drone army, which is why the US Air Force, Marine Corps & Navy are introducing that well known drone, the F-35 Lightning. Some people


I can't believe this when they're on the verge of invading Syria... We were hoping this sequestration was going to be done soon, we're missing the US at airshows!!



posted on Sep, 9 2013 @ 10:29 AM
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The Air Force can't currently get enough pilots to fly UAVs. They're having a big problem with that right now. They're losing UAV operators at three times the rate of manned pilots, and the post military prospects for UAV pilots are very limited.



posted on Sep, 9 2013 @ 11:49 AM
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Originally posted by Florasaurus
We were hoping this sequestration was going to be done soon, we're missing the US at airshows!!


Both the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels started flying again after the money was shifted around in July. They won't do a show until next year to get their timing back again, but they should be flying close to their normal schedule next year.




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