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The US Navy lacks submarines due to a significant increase in nuclear submarine downtime

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The number of US Navy attack submarines on alert has dropped to unacceptably low numbers. This is due to a reduction in the total number of nuclear submarines, delays in the commissioning of new submarines and an insufficient pace of repair work.


This opinion was expressed by the commander of the submarine forces of the Pacific fleet United States Admiral Jeffrey Jablon. According to him, the number of SSN [multi-purpose nuclear submarines] today is only 47 units compared to 50 in the fall of 2021. The decrease in their number is due to the planned decommissioning of submarines, which, however, is not kept pace with the delivery of new submarines.

However, maintenance problems exacerbate the situation. For example, in fiscal year 2016, due to the layup of submarines awaiting repairs due to exceeding operating limits, the fleet lost about 360 days of operational deployment. But in 2021, the fleet has already reached this figure for almost 1500 days, which is equivalent to the withdrawal of four submarines from the Navy. In addition, as the admiral explained, in 2021 the fleet lost the equivalent of 3,5 submarines (in absolute mathematical terms) due to protracted repairs.

There are about seven and a half SSNs in total that we couldn't use last year due to maintenance issues. This leads to a decrease in combat capabilities at sea.

- Jablon noted, lamenting that the US fleet lacks submarines due to a significant increase in nuclear submarine downtime.

At the same time, in his words, quoted by Defense News, even with a smaller fleet, “we are fulfilling all our operational obligations, guaranteeing the readiness of our ships for battle.”
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  1. Viktor Sergeev
    Viktor Sergeev 17 February 2022 12: 00
    -4
    Building a bunch of ships that no one really needs, cutting up trillions of dollars of budgets, that's great, and then what to do with it?
    1. Anachoret
      Anachoret 17 February 2022 12: 37
      +1
      ... and then what to do with it?


      Give free rein to all Jeffrey Eblons)) so that they cry to the press, in order, again, to increase the cost of the "safety" of the mattress))
  2. prior
    prior 17 February 2022 12: 06
    +13
    The US Navy lacks submarines

    And they are always missing something.
    Now the freedom of the Negroes, then the rights of the liberals, then the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
    Now here are the submarines.
    Insatiable nation
  3. URAL72
    URAL72 17 February 2022 12: 07
    +10
    47 nuclear submarines compared to a hundred in the early 90s, that's good. Against this background, given the growing power of China (which I am not happy about), the catastrophe of our nuclear submarine no longer seems irreversible. But Ash is too dear to us. I think one more budget rule is needed - 10% of super-profits not in a money box, but in a special fund for the purchase of weapons. I hope soon new projects of submarines, Su-57, S-70, etc. will bother you. A lot of things are needed, including more funding for R&D.
    1. NKT
      NKT 17 February 2022 12: 20
      +7
      Here, most likely, the matter is not in money, but in the timing and construction technologies. Ash trees need to continue to be built, there is no alternative yet.
      1. URAL72
        URAL72 17 February 2022 12: 41
        +6
        Here, most likely, it is not about money, but about the timing and construction technologies..

        In the USSR, nuclear submarines were also built in Nizhny Novgorod and Komsomolsk-on-Amur. So if funds are available, the number of Ash trees under construction can be doubled. But personally, I'm waiting for the Borey modification, - Shoigu seemed to say that after the completion of the construction of the SSBN series, the construction of nuclear submarine arsenals, with cruise missiles, incl. Zircon.
      2. Podvodnik
        Podvodnik 17 February 2022 13: 18
        +5
        Ash trees need to continue to be built, there is no alternative yet.

        Over the past decades, I have not heard a clear explanation why there is no alternative to ash trees. And they wanted to lay them back in "those times"
        Why are "animals" bad? There possibilities of upgrading a wagon and a small cart. All technologies have been worked out. Change the HAK, BIUS, the rest of the "transistors", etc. So there is no EVERYTHING again. Were the VVD cylinders bad? Pipelines less round? Well, etc. They spawned various projects - spare parts and accessories are worn out to store. Everything is different in the details. Everyone won't calm down.
        1. NKT
          NKT 17 February 2022 14: 13
          0
          I'm not ready to argue with you that Ash is better or 971 projects, there is not enough competence)
          But the realities are such that now there is exactly the 885M project. Do you propose to return and update the 971 project?
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          2. Podvodnik
            Podvodnik 17 February 2022 20: 07
            +2
            Do you propose to return and update the 971 project?

            I would suggest building and upgrading ONE project of a multi-purpose ship. It is cheaper in every sense: production, simulators and account. crew centers, spare parts, repair teams, etc.
            Look at the armored vehicles: no matter what the box, it has YOUR rollers. And all this is a headache for the deputy head of the technical department, and so on.
            And on boats, almost everything is different! After all, even to bend the profile of the VVD pipe - each project has its own profile of a bending machine, equipment, and the devil knows what else. And again test everything for explosion resistance and so on. These are huge expenses!
          3. Nemchinov Vl
            Nemchinov Vl 20 February 2022 21: 57
            0
            Quote: NKT
            Do you propose to return and update the 971 project?
            why not ?! winked
            Maybe even within an even smaller VI (RTMK or Barakuda"), but at the modern technological level (GAK, BIUS, etc. ...) Why not actually ?!! The same Kedr project, as an ICAPL, was not bad, it seems ... ? !! request
    2. dimy44
      dimy44 17 February 2022 12: 22
      +3
      Who will hear you.
    3. Viktor Sergeev
      Viktor Sergeev 18 February 2022 08: 07
      -1
      Yeah, buy more, what would you think later: what to do with it? Do you really want a new arms race, in which we will tear the navel, like the United States itself? The basis of the RF Armed Forces is ground-based nuclear weapons, and we have enough of them, it is necessary to smoothly replace the old with a new one as the service life expires, and not tear the navel by changing missiles every 10 years for new ones.
  4. Vadim Krymov
    Vadim Krymov 17 February 2022 12: 12
    -6
    "... This opinion was expressed by the commander of the submarine forces of the US Pacific Fleet, Admiral Jeffrey Jablon .....".

    Well, sir, what will the Russian admirals say - is there enough?
  5. Fisherman
    Fisherman 17 February 2022 12: 32
    -1
    If at the same time Malvinas, Ruina, Guantanamo, Taiwan, etc. begin to return to their native harbor, then it will be hard for the Anglo-Saxons ... but for now they don’t need to strain, because they start all wars when they themselves are ready for war.
    1. Sergej1972
      Sergej1972 17 February 2022 12: 55
      +2
      Did the Malvins ever submit to the Argentines at all? In this case, what kind of return can we talk about? They claim only because the islands are close to their coast. The Argentines also lay claim to part of Antarctica. Also help them return?
      1. Fisherman
        Fisherman 17 February 2022 22: 54
        +2
        The Malvinas were not under everyone ... do you propose to return all of Africa to those who ruled there and once cut the borders of "type of states"?
        1. Sergej1972
          Sergej1972 17 February 2022 23: 05
          0
          They have been under the British for the last 200 years, the population is English-speaking and pro-British. I am not generalizing, but talking about the specific situation with specific islands.
          1. Fisherman
            Fisherman 18 February 2022 14: 19
            +3
            200 years of India under the Britons does not give them the right to India. The Britons simply squeezed out the Argentines and left only their own about 4500 people, but this colonial system has been collapsing for a long time.
            1. Sergej1972
              Sergej1972 18 February 2022 14: 58
              +1
              When were the Argentines there? The British controlled these islands even when the state of Argentina did not exist.
  6. APASUS
    APASUS 17 February 2022 12: 47
    +1
    The US Navy does not need ships and boats. They need super expensive projects and this is very easy to prove with the Zumwalt class destroyers project.
  7. TermNachTer
    TermNachTer 17 February 2022 12: 51
    +2
    Let Timokhin read))) so that he knows that there are problems not only in the Russian Navy. To this we can add that all British super-duper Darings are also under repair. The British military-industrial complex, in terms of budget deriban, does not lag behind overseas brothers)))
    1. Ingvar 72
      Ingvar 72 17 February 2022 12: 58
      -4
      Quote: TermNachTER
      so that he knows that problems are not only in the Russian Navy

      He never denied this. But everything is relative.
      1. TermNachTer
        TermNachTer 17 February 2022 13: 23
        0
        His comparisons are somewhat one-sided. Taking into account the latest scandal that metal of very dubious quality was used for the manufacture of boats, I would think hard in the place of mattress submariners - do they need it?)))
        1. Ingvar 72
          Ingvar 72 17 February 2022 14: 17
          -5
          Quote: TermNachTER
          that metal of very dubious quality was used for the manufacture of boats,

          I would not swear by the quality of our metal, knowing how our state contracts are carried out.
    2. Alexey RA
      Alexey RA 17 February 2022 14: 51
      +3
      Quote: TermNachTER
      Let Timokhin read))) so that he knows that there are problems not only in the Russian Navy.

      We would have their problems - 47 living nuclear submarines, 4 submarines hung in anticipation of repairs and 4 nuclear submarines under repair.
      Especially against the background of the same "Bratsk" - 5 years of waiting for repairs, 18 years of sluggish repairs, during which in 2022 the nuclear submarine was recognized as unsuitable for repair.
      A new promotion for the Pacific Fleet - give two of the four available ICAPLs for repair and get back only one.
      1. TermNachTer
        TermNachTer 17 February 2022 19: 25
        +1
        Yeah, but these 47 have a little more tasks than ours. Moreover, this is not only a problem of submarines, on surface ships the problems are similar.
  8. lis-ik
    lis-ik 17 February 2022 12: 54
    -1
    Who would complain, but not to them.
  9. grunt
    grunt 17 February 2022 13: 22
    +2
    Taking into account the goals and objectives that are potentially worth it, yes, comrade is not lying, there are really few multi-purpose submarines in their Navy now, and recently the number of combat-ready submarines has only decreased.

    The 20th Virginia was launched on June 24, 2020, and went to ZHI only on December 8, 2021, and has not yet been commissioned. During this time, at the end of last year, 2 Los Angeles were decommissioned. That's all the "mathematics" .... In the near future, 2-3 Los Angeles will still be written off steadily every year, and no more than 2 Virginias will be put into operation.

    They also have problems with the repair of submarines and the Navy in general, not as wild as ours, of course, but problems.
  10. ROSS_51
    ROSS_51 17 February 2022 14: 30
    0
    So there are not enough attack boats or multi-purpose ones? The different types..
    1. Alexey RA
      Alexey RA 17 February 2022 14: 59
      +3
      Quote: ROSS_51
      So there are not enough attack boats or multi-purpose ones? The different types..

      The USN does not have a division into SSGNs and ICAPLs (the converted Ohios are a piece product). Since the installation of the UVP on the "Moose", multi-purpose nuclear submarines have also been performing strike missions.
      1. ROSS_51
        ROSS_51 19 February 2022 03: 11
        0
        I see. Thanks.
  11. Yuriy Malyshko
    Yuriy Malyshko 17 February 2022 17: 47
    0
    We would have their problems!
    1. agond
      agond 17 February 2022 20: 52
      0
      Quote: URAL72
      In the USSR, nuclear submarines were also built in Nizhny Novgorod and Komsomolsk-on-Amur.

      If instead of large boats build small ones, then now there is a place where to do it
  12. Mikle
    Mikle 18 February 2022 13: 34
    0
    It would be interesting to compare the percentage of Russian and American submarines on combat duty.
  13. Spkrdctr
    Spkrdctr 18 February 2022 21: 34
    0
    The problem with the American Navy is that it is rotting with too many ships that cannot be maintained. Maintenance is killing the US Navy. Rust on all ships and too much use. The US Navy 30 years ago was much more well maintained and professional than it is today. The world does not understand how the US military is starting to fall apart from what it was 30 years ago. They are still strong, but not as strong as before.
    1. Santa Fe
      Santa Fe 19 February 2022 07: 41
      +1
      compared to what it was 30 years ago. They are still strong, but not as strong as before.

      Great conclusion.
      if you do not use the facts, and build an opinion on the headlines in the media. Hooray!

      Never in history has there been a fleet, the bulk of which would consist of first ranks

      What happened to the US Navy by the third decade of the 21st century

      90 units of ships of the oceanic zone, with the functions of providing zonal air defense / missile defense and arsenal ships (long-range cruise missiles). There are more cruisers and missile destroyers of this level than all the fleets of the world combined

      And the same situation - with nuclear submarines, and all naval weapons. The British "double standard" of 1889 (according to which the number of warships must be at least equal to the combined strength of the two following strongest fleets in the world) is crying somewhere with envy