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Is Our Navy Ready for the Fight on the Horizon?

 
Coastie Patriot
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Is Our Navy Ready for the Fight on the Horizon?
This week, one of our National Advisory Committee members, General B.B. Bell (Ret.), wrote about the ChiCom threat to Taiwan and the Pacific: “First and foremost, we must — must — make China fear our military presence in the Pacific. Today it does not. That fear begins with the rebuilding and expansion of our Navy.”


Navy officers and sailors attached to ships, from the commanding officer down to the most junior sailor onboard, are perpetually busy either preparing the ship and all its systems and personnel for underway periods, or deploying. Their workload is something that has to be experienced to be fully understood. When they are not standing watch to monitor their environment, they are training, maintaining equipment, holding “field-days” (cleaning their spaces), or grabbing a quick meal and, hopefully, some portion of a night’s sleep. There are never enough hours in the day to get everything done. In view of this, the Navy’s leadership and their civilian masters owe it to their subordinates to ensure they have all the resources and training they need to operate their ships safely and to be prepared to fight, if required. Clearly, this is not happening to the level it should be.

In the recently completed assessment entitled, “A Report on the Fighting Culture of the United States Navy Surface Fleet,” which was conducted at the direction of Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Congressmen Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Jim Banks (R-IN), and Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) as an exercise in congressional oversight, the conclusions are eye-opening. Through extensive interviews of “numerous active-duty and recently retired or detached officers and enlisted personnel” regarding recent operational failures and accidents/incidents involving our surface ships, the report draws some dismal conclusions. Among these are “an insufficient focus on warfighting skills, the perception of a zero-defect mentality accompanied by a culture of micromanagement, and over-sensitivity and responsiveness to modern media culture. Structural issues identified include lack of resources and consistency in surface warfare training programs, and the Navy’s underwhelming commitment to surface ship maintenance.”

Considering how rapidly both the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Russian Federation are modernizing and expanding their navies — as well as this year’s bilateral naval exercises, which included Iran — the United States cannot afford to allow its Navy to degrade. China, for decades, has been working on anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) technologies to force U.S. forces out of what they consider to be their backyard. The Commander Pacific Command, ADM Davidson, has stated that “China is now capable of controlling the South China Sea in all scenarios short of war with the United States.”


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The shooting phase of the war starts this fall. We aren’t rebuilding shit
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All Navy gunners and missileers know that the Earth is flat and level.

Jus' sayin'

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Fully trained to fight social Injustice and white supremacists
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Bell has the right idea, but dems aren't gonna make it happen.





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