Admiral Lisa Franchetti reported to Congress about problems in the US Navy

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Admiral Lisa Franchetti reported to Congress about problems in the US Navy

And about. Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Lisa Franchetti, was heard before the Senate Defense Committee. As Alabama Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville blocks congressional approval of new positions for more than 300 senior Army officers, fleet and the Air Force, in addition to Franchetti herself, several other admirals and the commandant of the Marine Corps are in acting status.

In addition, some senior officers did not receive approval for their new ranks. Their salary depends on this, which they categorically do not like - for obvious reasons.



It is unknown how long this situation will last. In general, Franchetti's report does not inspire optimism. The situation with personnel is not encouraging: this year, the fleet did not receive 7 recruits, the total shortage is 000 people. Roughly speaking, these are the crews of three aircraft carriers, without air groups. The Columbia-class SSBN construction program is significantly behind schedule, and the backlog is increasing, leading to the fact that the possibility of extending the operational lives of the last five Ohio-class SSBNs is now being considered. But this extension will lead to lengthy and expensive repairs of submarines, which will still have to be written off in 13-000 years. And this means another, unplanned expenditure of funds from the naval budget.

The situation with the AUKUS program is no better. Even the Virginia SSGN construction program for the US Navy is behind schedule. Instead of the required two boats per year, the fleet receives, in mathematical terms, 1,2 hulls, but even here there are delays. The backlog of the Virginia program entails an increase in the costs of maintaining the latest Los Angeles aircraft in service. And these are again additional costs.

At the moment, out of 49 SSGNs in the fleet, 19 are undergoing repairs and maintenance. Moreover, in recent years this ratio has been worsening in the sense that more and more combat personnel of the US Navy are stationed at ship repair yards. In order to fulfill its obligations to Australia until 2040, the construction of Virginias must be increased to 2,2-2,3 hulls per year. But such a pace is impossible even according to the calculations of the Americans themselves.

They hope to be able to reach the level of two Virginias per year by 2028. But this is in the category of assumptions, since investments in shipbuilding lag behind the required ones. And Australia is experiencing financial difficulties. There is talk in Canberra that part of the program of nine Hunter-class frigates should be replaced by a cheaper Type 31 variant with Australian modifications.

There are similar problems with aircraft carriers in the US Navy. The delay in the entry into service of the Gerald Ford and the John Kennedy required an extension of the service life of the Nimitz and the Eisenhower, respectively. And this means repairs totaling $850 million. The decommissioning of five Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers entailed an extension of service life for five Bjork-class destroyers, which should already be decommissioned. The Navy generally insists on decommissioning 49 ships, but Congress this year allowed the decommissioning of 12. While only nine new ships were received from industry.
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    1. Admiral Lisa Franchetti reported to Congress about problems in the US Navy -

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      - “A woman on a ship means trouble!”
      - “She’s never been on a ship”...
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      1. +5
        18 September 2023
        Well, actually it was. There's a lot of bureaucracy in the mattress fleet. You cannot receive rear admiral stripes without commanding a large ship, such as an aircraft carrier or UDC. True, there were situations when the entire period of command - usually a year or a little more - was spent on dock repairs)))
        1. +1
          18 September 2023
          Quote: TermNachTER
          You cannot receive rear admiral stripes without commanding a large ship, such as an aircraft carrier or UDC.

          Well, that’s not a bad practice, but there are no generals/admirals who have never commanded anything larger than a company/battalion.. I would also introduce a one-year qualification for colonels.. otherwise it might happen - “to the press service or headquarters after studying - jump and voila - "my general..", without practice - what kind of commander?
          1. +3
            18 September 2023
            Yes, I agree that this step is mandatory, but there are various tricks. For example, Louis Mountbatten commanded the aircraft carrier USS Victoria when she was undergoing repairs in the United States.
        2. +1
          18 September 2023
          Quote: TermNachTER
          You cannot receive rear admiral stripes without commanding a large ship, such as an aircraft carrier or UDC.

          History is as old as the world!
          In the Russian Imperial Navy there was such a thing as a “swimming qualification”. And if you haven’t spent the required time on the deck of a ship, then you’ll be out of sight of your next officer rank... And now all the land rats are making crew stripes. They even give the colonels a “sleeper”... “so that it doesn’t spoil the view”!
          Absurd: In order for a regiment to become a whim, he must pass certification as a “commander of a ship of the 1st rank” (or as a commander of a formation of ships of the 3rd rank), which is practically impossible to do without experience in naval service! (Well, if only you have a Goldfish at your beck and call as a messenger!) But no. All the traditions and experience have let Vaska down the drain, and they want to get something worthwhile from the current personnel, half cobbled together “from what was.”
          Scary!
          1. 0
            18 September 2023
            Yes, in general, the sailing license system in the RIF, as well as in other fleets, is quite reasonable. But there are also flaws.
      2. +5
        18 September 2023
        Well, six ships and submarines did not sink during her service on them.
    2. +3
      18 September 2023
      May they all be seven feet above the knit...dreams..dreams
    3. +2
      18 September 2023
      I wonder what kind of military merits she has all one and a half breasts in orders for? Perhaps I am judging as an amateur. I always thought that one could earn the rank of admiral without military campaigns, but only through desk work. What is her track record?
      1. +6
        18 September 2023
        I was also interested and studied her iconostasis. There are no military awards there. Medals for participation, badges for completion, etc. The Order of the Legion of Honor was given for military actions, but this is not about her)))
        1. -1
          18 September 2023
          Are the stripes on the left separate awards, from those that did not fit on the chest or duplicates of those hanging? Do not know? Very interesting.
          1. +3
            18 September 2023
            Quote from Aken
            Are the stripes on the left separate awards, from those that did not fit on the chest or duplicates of those hanging? Do not know? Very interesting.

            On the left side of the chest are full-size personal awards.
            Do you mean the strips with award ribbons attached to the right chest above the pocket?
            If I’m not mistaken, these “order bars” are collective awards of the unit in which the military man serves and wears them on the established uniform of his jacket.
            It’s as if servicemen of our Soviet army in guards military formations bearing the Order of Lenin, the Red Banner wore on the right side of the chest, in addition to the Guards badge, also straps with order ribbons (Lenin and the Red Banner).
            1. 0
              18 September 2023
              Thank you. It became even more interesting.
              It turns out that you can not have a single personal award, but wear a lot of bars - merits of the unit?
              1. +1
                18 September 2023
                Quote from Aken
                Thank you. It became even more interesting.
                It turns out that you can not have a single personal award, but wear a lot of bars - merits of the unit?

                Most likely this can be the case, only if I’m not mistaken, they are not worn on everyday uniforms.
                1. +1
                  18 September 2023
                  You don’t have to have them, they will find you themselves))) anniversary cards, for participation in parades, for length of service, etc.)))
      2. +6
        18 September 2023
        A similar question can be asked of our Minister of Defense.
        1. +3
          18 September 2023
          The Minister of Defense is a political figure, his task is to defend the interests of the army in the corridors of power. Dmitry Ustinov - what was a bad minister? Therefore, Shoigu can be either a veterinarian or a sewer man. A person cannot know everything in the world, even to the extent of military science. His task is to find and appoint assistants who understand and will tell him the truth, and not “pour honey into his ears.”
      3. 0
        18 September 2023
        Quote: abrakadabre
        I wonder what kind of military merits she has all one and a half breasts in orders for?

        I found some information about her merits, in general everything is as I thought (maybe I was wrong
        but here is a copy)
        Personal
        Franchetti is married and has a child. Wikipedia site:wiki5.ru

        https://wiki5.ru/wiki/Lisa_Franchetti
    4. +3
      18 September 2023
      They still have Eisenhower in service??! belay He is 58 years old, he is my age!! Wow...
      1. +2
        18 September 2023
        If you carry out regular and high-quality repairs, why not?
        1. 0
          18 September 2023
          If during construction the service life is set, then it is better not to joke with it, the consequences can be very bad.
      2. +3
        18 September 2023
        According to the mind, it should be decommissioned next year, but its service life was extended until 2026, although it will spend about six months of these two years under repair. "Nimitz" was extended for another year, too, but also with repairs.
      3. 0
        18 September 2023
        Quote: Galleon
        They still have Eisenhower in service??! belay He is 58 years old, he is my age!! Wow...

        Colleague, you are slightly mistaken! The “intrauterine” period (building slipway: from laying to commissioning) for ships, as well as for people (9 months in the womb), as a rule, is not considered. The period of operation of a ship is considered when the hull, weapons, components and mechanisms wear out.
        That's why "Ike" is only 46 years old. Yes, this is a lot... But he is far from the Paris Commune! laughing
        USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) (informally known as "Ike") is a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier currently in service with the United States Navy. Commissioned in 1977, the ship is the second of ten Nimitz-class aircraft carriers.
        Yes But Nimitz is still running, and there is a real threat of extending his service life...
        1. 0
          18 September 2023
          Everything is correct, but metal fatigue does not go away, even when it is in the dock, especially when it is almost ready.
    5. 0
      18 September 2023
      this year, the fleet did not receive 7 recruits, a total shortage of 000 people.
      Problems with personnel not only in the United States, but also in other NATO countries. Looking at how the alliance provokes new conflicts in which the United States is actively involved, young people are losing interest in serving in the army, preferring a seemingly quiet civilian life. Isn’t Joseph Vessarionovich looking behind Lisa in the photo? (joke).
      1. +1
        18 September 2023
        In the background is a bust of Admiral Kunz.
    6. +2
      18 September 2023
      Lisa Franchetti. A dizzying career. Realizing in 1985 that she was no journalist or historian, she rushed through organizational recruitment in the US Navy, graduating from accelerated naval education - she received the military specialty "manager of managers" - a brush, probably like a pompolit, I know everything but nothing I don’t know how. And I started walking over heads. I probably sawed off more than one man’s legs. The top of the service was the commander of the destroyer Ross. Then the aircraft carrier Stanislav, is not mentioned anywhere in the history of the ship (for every operating ship of the US Navy there is a history on the Internet, by day and event) She probably served well that she was put out of harm’s way on the floating hospital Mercy. Where she became a media figure, the hospital Mercy constantly climbed once every 2 years in Southeast Asia with the peacekeeping operation “Pacific Commonwealth”. Having shown excellent results, Mercy was awarded something there .The girls were noticed and written off to the shore for a further dizzying career, the command of a naval group in the South Caucasus alone is worth it. An extremely bloodthirsty lady, she will give the order to press the button without hesitation.
      1. +1
        18 September 2023
        I apologize to the aircraft carrier Stensiss, not Stanislav.
        1. 0
          18 September 2023
          You were a little mistaken again))) the aircraft carrier Stennis is named after Senator John Stennis, chairman of the commission on naval affairs.
          1. 0
            18 September 2023
            While I was looking for her biography, I found interesting facts - Stennis's first mate, was kicked out of the fleet - for inappropriate behavior in 2009. In the era of Covid, a diesel locomotive driver, having heard enough that Covid was a conspiracy, wanted to break the side of the hospital ship Mercy with a diesel locomotive. Didn't make it 230 meters, got stuck in the second fence. Convicted of terrorism. 2020. Quite interesting facts in the stories of the ships that the crew leads. hi
      2. 0
        18 September 2023
        Quote: tralflot1832
        “manager over managers” is a brush, probably like a pompolit, I know everything but I can’t do anything.

        Strange...She was entrusted with the position of “chief of naval operations,” i.e. in our opinion Beginning. Main Operations Directorate of the Navy! Either the States have emancipated themselves into the board, or she is seven spans in... in the forehead! Maybe she really is a “lady prodigy” (lady prodigy in naval affairs). But this is clearly a precedent...The fleet is not the media. He's no joke... bully
        1. 0
          18 September 2023
          Well, actually, the chief of naval operations is closer to the commander-in-chief of the Navy.
    7. -1
      18 September 2023
      Franchetti attended Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Illinois, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism and an honors degree in history.

      Almost like General Volk from the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs.

      The graduate’s career began in the Department for Combating Economic Crimes in Moscow. The girl dealt with credit fraud and wrote press releases for TV channels. An attractive, intelligent employee was noticed and invited as a crime journalist to the Russia-1 channel. Irina combined work at the UBEP and filming on television.
      1. 0
        18 September 2023
        Well, at least she studied and worked a little. And in Ukraine, the presenter of crime news on ICTV received a colonel only because he was listed as a consultant to the Minister of Internal Affairs, without working for a single day in the police)))
        1. 0
          18 September 2023
          I remember there in Ukraine a certain Mishiko made Masha Gaidar one of his deputies...
          True, he has recently been in jail, and she is generally unknown where.
      2. 0
        18 September 2023
        Quote: alystan
        Almost like General Volk from the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs.

        Well, our “She-Wolf” is at least cute. And the media is not US NAVY MARINE OPERATIONS!!! Here, for the sake of PR, you can be patient... But to be honest, I wouldn’t really want to go into battle according to the plans of this “lady”!
        As they say - FEEL THE DIFFERENCE!
      3. 0
        October 25 2023
        In the United States, it has happened before that politicians have had a very significant influence on the selection and placement of personnel. For example, the well-known Artemus Gates and his “Young Turks”. I think the situation is even worse now.
    8. 0
      18 September 2023
      How can one senator block the resolution of the issue?
      Or have the Yankees already reached the level of liberum veto? They can end up like this, like the First Rzeczpospolita ended.
      1. 0
        18 September 2023
        To be honest, I didn’t go into much detail on the topic, but the fact is obvious - the rigmarole has been going on for six months.
    9. 0
      November 3, 2023
      By the way, Congress finally voted to confirm her to office. She is now the 33rd Chief of Naval Operations.

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