The head of the Navy‚Äôs surface forces has ordered technical inspections of dozens of warships to see ‚Äúexactly what their lifespan is‚ÄĚ through assessments of their material readiness.
First up are Harper‚Äôs Ferry and Whidbey Island-class dock landing ships, said Vice Adm. D.C. Curtis, and followed by Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.
The Navy‚Äôs steam-powered gators are getting old, Curtis told Navy Times. ‚ÄúWe may think a ship is 14 years old,‚ÄĚ he said, but with a high operational tempo, ‚Äúis it really 17 years old?‚ÄĚ
I hope he picks the most detailed, grumpy, 30-year-point terminal CAPT SWOs who don’t owe no’un nut’un and Old-School Master Chiefs to do it.
This begs the question though, why do we have no confidence in the systems and personnel we now have in place to get this answer, and who is going to be held accountable for that lack of confidence?
Let’s hope this turns out well – it didn’t for the P-3 community.
The truth will set you free ……
Cross posted at CDR Salamander.