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U.S. Accounts Office: Hours spent by U.S. ships at sea have fallen and become more expensive

U.S. Accounts Office: Hours spent by U.S. ships at sea have fallen and become more expensive

An audit of 151 surface warships by the U.S. Accounts Chamber showed an increase in maintenance delays, an increase in breakdowns requiring repairs, and an increase in the number of working parts of ships removed and used elsewhere due to a shortage of parts in the industry's supply chain.

US Navy officials argued in the report that reduced time at sea is not necessarily a bad thing and does not always reflect a ship's failure to carry out its mission. They also explained that the distribution of the ship's hours at sea is driven by budgetary considerations and the cost of fuel.

But the Accounts Chamber said that persistent problems with the supply of ships did not allow the Navy to take full advantage of its forces and contributed to the decline in combat readiness over the past decade.

US lawmakers are pushing for a fleet, powerful enough to counter China, which is expanding its influence in the Indo-Pacific region and, according to Washington, is considering invading Taiwan. China's navy is now the largest in the world, according to military analysts, while the US Navy's 293-ship fleet falls short of the 350 ships some lawmakers want in the navy.

Significant maintenance delays are said to have influenced their decision last year to seek the recommissioning of nine ships before their service life expires. Congress intervened regularly to prevent the early retirement of some navy ships.

Maintenance delays per ship (warship) have increased since 2011, increasing from an average of five days to an (average) 19 days in 2021. According to the report, maintenance costs increased by $1,2 billion over the same period.

In 2020, the Navy spent about $17 billion to operate and maintain the 10 ship classes estimated in the report. This is $2,5 billion more than in 2011. The selected classes of ships make up only about half the combat strength of US Navy ships.

The number of hours spent by US Navy ships at sea has declined and become more expensive, according to the report.

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  1. ivan1979nkl
    ivan1979nkl 2 February 2023 07: 53
    U.S. Accounts Office: Hours spent by U.S. ships at sea have fallen and become more expensive

    calculated - shed tears ... Difficult life among the hegemons
    1. Quote Lavrov
      Quote Lavrov 2 February 2023 08: 00
      Yeah ... what a horror ... don't you want to compare the number of hours the fleet is at sea with them and with us? Or, for example, the cost of an hour of Kuznetsov's combat duty? Or fleet development programs? And we actually have it, I wonder?
      So, maybe we should shed tears not for other people's problems? And to do so that in such a comparison we ourselves would win and the Americans would only proceed with envy ...
      1. dmi.pris1
        dmi.pris1 2 February 2023 08: 13
        So looking for sorina in someone else's eye is much easier than pulling a log out of your own.
      2. Lord
        Lord 2 February 2023 08: 30
        Yes yes
        And they don’t clean their guns with bricks!
    2. Bingo
      Bingo 2 February 2023 08: 16
      Quote from ivan1979nkl
      Difficult life for hegemons

      Well, dragging them there, they seized a sharp relaxation after the collapse of the Union, now they have begun to come back to haunt them firmly and on all fronts ... Have you not read the mattress report about the Fitzgerald collision? In the same place ... There was simply no navigator on the ship since 2015 - in nature. The radar control panel is sealed with adhesive tape so that they don’t poke into the buttons - it still doesn’t work. And no one can even say when this remote was covered! And this is a warship on a no less combat exit ...
      1. dmi.pris1
        dmi.pris1 2 February 2023 08: 29
        I agree about the relaxation. I haven’t read about the radar post, in principle, gouging is everywhere. But here, first of all, it seems the most important on the ship, the gouging commander
      2. TermNachTer
        TermNachTer 2 February 2023 11: 58
        Well, it also happened with us that the ship went to the BS, with an inoperative firing system, because it was necessary to adhere to the schedule. So this is a common problem.
      3. Scharnhorst
        Scharnhorst 2 February 2023 18: 03
        I suppose a similar picture on the deceased "Moscow".
  2. Quote Lavrov
    Quote Lavrov 2 February 2023 07: 56
    I wonder what our Accounts Chamber would say .. (for example, about the effectiveness of the repair of Kuznetsov, the sunken floating dock and in relation to the fleet development program as a whole. I even keep quiet about "Moscow" - all the same, NVO, which means that anything can happen) .. .although ... lately they have been issuing more and more empty reports on secondary topics. And after the deputies have closed their declarations, and the publication of public procurements at the suggestion of Matvienko will be stopped (no, not only in relation to the Moscow Region and Northern Military District, but also construction, repairs in the regions, etc.), then the Accounts Chamber can be dissolved altogether. Since the result of import substitution, the work of the military-industrial complex and the Moscow Region has not been studied by them and has not been transferred to the appropriate authorities (if there are grounds).
    And the fact is that the joint venture itself mainly employs excellent specialists .. but were they created to identify the most significant violations in the use of taxpayers' funds ...?
  3. Murmur 55
    Murmur 55 2 February 2023 08: 15
    It's like COUNTING, you can do this and you can do that wink, all the time, having a space budget, officials from the US Army are hinting that it would be necessary to throw in the terrible Russia, China, and North Korea as they become even worse.
  4. alexey_444
    alexey_444 2 February 2023 08: 33
    I remember the French aircraft carrier showing off near Syria and quickly dumped, weekends for sorties could lead to the fact that the aircraft carrier would be left without pilots for aircraft. And so long ago, the autonomy of the same aircraft carriers is purely conditional, a whole supply squadron is sailing behind the aircraft carrier. And the more difficult, the more expensive, and it’s not yet a fact which is better. This is our chance that America will overstrain in competition with China, Japan is still aging for 20 years, it is still rummaging, the southern crust has a northern one. There are not so many allies a la Ukraine.
  5. TermNachTer
    TermNachTer 2 February 2023 12: 03
    Strange statements. As you look at the deployment schedules for mattress AUGs, you come to the opposite conclusion. On average, AUG at sea, 8 - 9 months. Even during the Cold War, they tried not to keep at sea for more than 7 months, they understood that both people and equipment were not made of iron. The number of escort ships in the AUG also decreased. Moreover, in the composition of the AUG, they have already begun to include ships of the BOHR, but they actually pass through a different department. BOHR is subordinated to the fleet only during the war. One can come to the conclusion that the ships go no more than before, but they began to steal much more. In what we wish them creative Uzbeks.