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American admiral spoke about serious mistakes and problems of the US Navy

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On January 12, 2022, the regular annual conference of the Association of Surface fleet United States, which was addressed by the commander of the fleet, Admiral Daryl Caudle. The senior naval commander emphasized that the US Navy should pay more attention to its own mistakes and shortcomings. "We need to be offended by the lack of correct manning, delays in the withdrawal of ships at the right time." Caudle stressed that the fleet today needs more ships and more money. While the authorities are saving on the navy, the Navy will not be able to acquire new ships and new military personnel.


The admiral also drew attention to delays in the maintenance and modernization of ships. Four state-owned naval shipyards are constantly experiencing delays in their operations. And this despite the fact that the fleet has already invested $ 2,8 billion from 2015 to 2019 to improve the productivity of the shipyards. As a result of a recent audit, it was found that 75% of the maintenance activities on ships at the shipyards have been postponed, and for both aircraft carriers and submarines.

Vice Admiral Roy Kitchener, commander of the US Navy's surface fleet, said maintenance delays have dropped 2019% since 41, but only in private repair shops. State-owned shipyards continue to experience major problems with repair delays, although many jobs are already being completed on time. If in 2019 34% of the work was completed on time, then in 2021 - already 59%. In addition, the naval shipyards themselves, which were built a long time ago, also need repairs. For example, the modernization of one of the shipyards began, which was built back in 1800, more than 220 years ago.



According to Admiral Caudle, the lack of opportunities for scheduled technical inspection of ships - both surface and submarine, leads to dire consequences. For example, accidents such as the one that occurred in October 2021 with the Connecticut submarine, which crashed into an underwater rock in the South China Sea, can occur.

Caudle highlighted the importance of funding shipyards, including the Portsmouth Naval Dockyard in Maine, the Puget Sound Naval Dockyard in Washington, and the Pearl Harbor Shipyard in Hawaii. The admiral stressed that if the United States entered into a high-intensity conflict with a strong adversary, they would not have enough power to repair several ships at the same time. This is due to the lack of shipyards and dry docks, and this is a big problem for both peacetime and wartime.

Also, according to the admiral, the fleet should focus on training personnel, who today come to ships less and less prepared.
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  1. paul3390
    paul3390 13 January 2022 14: 25
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    Instead of honestly admitting that America is not able to fight simultaneously with Russia and China, and the rest of the world, try to moderate the impudence with appetites and try to somehow come to an agreement - they want more and more ships, missiles and planes .. Well well - it's just in everyone's hands, it will collapse faster .. With such and such outrageous debts, including internal ones - and so puff out your cheeks .. Well, well ..

    There are no limits to the greed of the bourgeois - they will die in writhing, and they will try to swallow the extra piece ..
    1. Orel
      Orel 13 January 2022 15: 25
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      Quote: paul3390
      try to moderate impudence with appetites and try to somehow agree - they want more and more ships, missiles and planes ..


      For the US, the navy is a "sacred cow." It is traditionally the center of their military power around which everything else revolves. The United States is a classic "power of the sea", so this attention to the navy is not surprising. Even when the United States had no influence on world politics, it had one of the most powerful naval forces. Therefore, do not be surprised that sailors want to return to their former combat readiness, which was much higher during the Cold War. Then they relaxed a little, now they are reaping the fruits of it.
      1. Saladine
        Saladine 13 January 2022 19: 32
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        Is it their duty officers who quarrel with the senior officers and then commit accidents at sea?
        1. carpenter
          carpenter 14 January 2022 19: 48
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          Quote: Saladine
          Is it their duty officers who quarrel with the senior officers and then commit accidents at sea?

          It's an woman's business to give birth to children, and not to stand on the bridge - "The woman is on board, let's go to the bottom," as my father says.
    2. Denis812
      Denis812 14 January 2022 17: 16
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      The US cannot admit to itself its weakness.
      Recognition of this kind is political death.
      Any politician to make such statements is like death.
      Therefore, I understand perfectly well that no politician will say such things.
      Even if privately they all congress agree with it. :)
  2. yuriy55
    yuriy55 13 January 2022 14: 37
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    Also, according to the admiral, the fleet should focus on training personnel, who today come to ships less and less prepared.

    Every year it will become more and more difficult to convince any young people to give their lives (even for a large reward) for the whim of some old fiends. And with the development of hypersonic weapons, the case for service will become more unconvincing ...
    1. carpenter
      carpenter 13 January 2022 14: 52
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      Quote: yuriy55
      Every year it becomes more difficult to convince any young people to give their lives.

      And the salaries of privates and police officers, by US standards, do not very much entice young people to serve in the army, you can have more on the shore, and sit under your wife's skirt.
      1. Pereira
        Pereira 13 January 2022 15: 05
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        It is unlikely that you will sit with an American wife.
        1. carpenter
          carpenter 13 January 2022 16: 12
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          Quote: Pereira
          It is unlikely that you will sit with an American wife.

          You will sit if your annual income is $ 40 and more, and if your wife is less than a black woman, or you will be interrupted by women available to everyone, but also not white.
      2. Denis812
        Denis812 14 January 2022 17: 18
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        It is worth going to the army only in order to get a place in a university paid for by the state for free after the contract.
        This is the motivation of about 40% of the new military.
        + a lot of employees serve there for the same reason as in the Russian army - stability, social support, benefits, guarantees, and so on.
  3. carpenter
    carpenter 13 January 2022 14: 49
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    Caudle stressed that the Navy needs more ships today and more money.

    Well, that says it all - "more money."
  4. kind
    kind 13 January 2022 15: 27
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    According to Admiral Caudle

    Whose Caudle ?!
    Admiral! laughing
  5. APASUS
    APASUS 13 January 2022 16: 06
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    How competently I went. First, it seems like the staff is not enough and the shipyard, and the problems, but actually ........................... give money!
  6. Avior
    Avior 13 January 2022 17: 02
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    the navy today needs more ships and more money. While the authorities are saving on the navy, the Navy will not be able to acquire new ships and new military personnel.

    If the navy doesn't learn to count money, there will never be enough money. Making the main warship an expensive, albeit excellent, destroyer with a large crew is not enough money. Other fleets do just fine with a combination of destroyers and inexpensive frigates with a relatively small crew, and do not try to hammer nails with a microscope, using destroyers for all cases, where a cheap frigate would be enough for the eyes. With aircraft carriers, the problem is similar - in many cases it would be enough light inexpensive aircraft carriers or light aircraft carriers with many times smaller crews under VTOL aircraft - but the fleet only needs super-duper aircraft carriers with a huge team of thousands of people, which also require constant and expensive repairs. It is not surprising that there is not enough money and specialists.
    1. Barberry25
      Barberry25 14 January 2022 14: 25
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      Americans have no choice, too far from Europe and Asia
      1. Avior
        Avior 14 January 2022 14: 56
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        At one time, they perfectly combined inexpensive Perries with Spruances. The distance has not changed.
        1. Barberry25
          Barberry25 14 January 2022 15: 43
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          you are right, but you need to take into account that they then set the goal of a quick and maximum renewal of the fleet, now Burke is taken as the basis .. By the way, we need to follow a similar scenario and build inexpensive corvettes / frigates with the potential for modernization
          1. Avior
            Avior 14 January 2022 16: 27
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            Burke is now taken as the basis.

            therefore, they do not have enough money and personnel if the tasks of a frigate are performed by a destroyer three times more expensive and with a three times larger crew.
            To make an expensive, albeit excellent, destroyer with a large crew the main warship is not enough money.
            1. Barberry25
              Barberry25 14 January 2022 16: 39
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              well, there’s also the fact that the fleet requires more technically competent personnel than, say, the army, and it needs corny more, and taking into account the fact that service in the army / navy in the United States is not quoted due to very high salaries, this causes shortage of staff.
              1. Avior
                Avior 14 January 2022 17: 06
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                taking into account the fact that on the Fremm-type frigate, for example, the crew is 108 people, and on the destroyer Arleigh Burke 380, it is possible to provide the same number of personnel for the crews of three ships, and still remain.
                In principle, they are trying to follow this path with the Constellation, there is a crew of 140, but very timidly.
                1. Barberry25
                  Barberry25 14 January 2022 17: 46
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                  well, Fremm is not their project, but Italian, not to mention the fact that it can be wrapped
                  1. Avior
                    Avior 14 January 2022 19: 49
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                    They accepted him in the form of Constellation. I am just for an example of the difference in the number of personnel of a modern frigate and Arleigh Burke
  7. Lonely loner
    Lonely loner 13 January 2022 17: 26
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    I also want to.
  8. Spkrdctr
    Spkrdctr 13 January 2022 19: 42
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    You must remember that at least 25% of the US military cannot go to war. There are too many broken equipment waiting to be repaired. Ships, submarines and airplanes are the big three. The army is the most prepared, and the navy is the least. Thus, as soon as any action begins, the United States will have a deficit of 25%. We have too much equipment and not enough maintenance capacity. Everything "seems" to be broken. America has almost become a third world country. It's disgusting.
    1. Denis812
      Denis812 14 January 2022 17: 20
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      This is quite logical.
      America has not used the Navy in real databases for decades already.
      (please correct me if I missed something)
      And the army just fought constantly.