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Navy: Lincoln Refueling Delayed, Will Hurt Carrier Readiness

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The aircraft carriers USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) are in port at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. US Navy Photo

 

The aircraft carriers USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) are in port at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy will delay the refueling of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) for an unknown period because of the uncertain fiscal environment due to the ongoing legislative struggle, the service told Congress in a Friday message obtained by USNI News.

Lincoln was scheduled to be moved to Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipyard later this month to begin the 4-year refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of the ship.

“This delay is due to uncertainty in the Fiscal Year 2013 appropriations bill, both in the timing and funding level available for the first full year of the contract,” the message said.
“CVN-72 will remain at Norfolk Naval Base where the ships force personnel will continue to conduct routine maintenance until sufficient funding is received for the initial execution of the RCOH.”

Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower subcommittee released a statement denouncing the need for decision.

Forbes called the delay, “another example of how these reckless and irresponsible defense cuts in Washington will have a long-term impact on the Navy’s ability to perform its missions. Not only will the Lincoln be delayed in returning to the Fleet, but this decision will also affect the USSEnterprise (CVN-65) defueling, the USS George Washington (CVN-73) RCOH, and future carrier readiness.”

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» 19 Comments

  1. DaveVA

    February 9th, 2013

    This is sad. I live pretty close to this base. They also are expecting layoffs at the shipyard to be announced next week.

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  2. Dan Ryan Galt

    February 9th, 2013

    Great. So let’s spend some more money on failed green energy projects and a health care law that won’t improve our lives one bit.

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  3. Weldor

    February 9th, 2013

    What a crock.

    Like they don’t have funds being used on something less critical, like golf course maintenance, that they couldn’t use…

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  4. sig94

    February 9th, 2013

    Make no mistake, this is a planned shutdown of America’s military might at a time of world crisis.

    The SHTF in the God-forsaken capital of Hemorrhoidistan, Americans are slaughtered or held hostage again and America’s most versatile engines of destruction are sitting at dock with their thumbs up their ass.

    I gotta double up my BP meds now.

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  5. JMac

    February 9th, 2013

    Hey, at least we’ll be able to call the Chi-coms on our free gubmint cell phones and ask them not to sink our immobile carriers!

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  6. Houston

    February 9th, 2013

    For those of us who are old enough, this seem familiar? Think back to Russia in the early 90′s after they went broke.

    Of course they didn’t have the rest of the world propping up their house of cards…

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  7. historicus

    February 9th, 2013

    @JMac – sort of what I was thinking.

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  8. Blink

    February 9th, 2013

    Leading from behind, Securing the high seas from the pier. No fuel for the carriers, no help for Benghazi. Arming Mexican drug dealers, arming the Muslim Brotherhood. Working to disarm Americans. There seems to be a pattern here.

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  9. Dr. Tar

    February 9th, 2013

    Who needs expense, nuke (yuck!) powered carriers when you have drones? Get ready casuse that is going to be the response when we surrender the high seas to China and India.

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  10. bitterclinger

    February 9th, 2013

    Good thing we’re not telling anybody about it, though.

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  11. the aardvark

    February 9th, 2013

    This would have never happened when I was in the Navy back in the 70′s. The USS Kitty Hawk CV 63 was the first American carrier in the Persian Gulf back in 1974. I was there. We put on an air show for the Shah of Iran. I saw the Shah ( and more Admirals, the CNO and other dignitaries etc. than I’d ever seen before) as part of the inspection we had on the flight deck. The USS Constellation CV 64 was also in the same area at the time, somewhere out in the Indian Ocean. I can’t remember if we relieved the Connie or if they were relieving us. I blame this whole mess on Jimmy Carter, thanks a lot Jimmy, you certainly f**ked up and the destabilized the entire middle East you gutless chickenshit and coward. I take this personally and I hate whats happened to the Navy as well as the rest of the US Military. And lil barry is a far bigger chickenshit than Jimmy was. We’re screwed if we have to fight another war under these conditions. And as an aside, I saw a bumper sticker on a Jeep Liberty yesterday driving N. from Milton Freewater, Or. into Walla Walla that said Obama the quicker fucker upper, how appropriate.

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  12. Chieftain

    February 9th, 2013

    This is right where the Navy found itself under Carter. My first ship was USS Ranger, and it had so much maintenance delayed, we could not steam the ship, launch aircraft and make fresh water for the crew at the same time. We would get underway and immediately go on “water hours” where the fresh water to the ship was shut down except for a two hour period once a day. More than once while we were trying to launch aircraft, the catapult steam system would drag the ship’s boilers offline and actually cause the ship to lose way through the water.

    Ronald Reagan used to say that a Nimitz class carrier doesn’t pay for itself sitting tied to a pier. One of the reasons why there was no response to the Benghazi attack is because there was no carrier in the Med, and has not been since shortly after Obama took office.

    We’re being set up to get our asses kicked by the biggest collection of incompetents to ever hit DC. I fear what will happen to our military if/when Chuck Hagel is confirmed as SecDef, especially when teamed up with John Fucking Kerry (D. Viet.)….

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  13. Twellsy

    February 9th, 2013

    They’re setting it up for another Pearl Harbor, but this time they’ll get the carriers with them all sitting in one spot like that.

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  14. Kirk

    February 9th, 2013

    Is it really a good idea to have 5 carriers in the same place? Isn’t that more than half the fleet?

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  15. norman einstein

    February 9th, 2013

    It’s not that the Won is chickenshit, although he is that.
    This is all part of the plan to dismantle and disarm the military. Remember he’s said that in the past America has been the world’s bully.
    It’s not fair…so he thinks he’s leveling the playing field.

    @aardvark, “Obama the quicker fucker upper…”
    That’s gold, Jerry, gold!
    I hope BFH is paying attention.

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  16. Buffalobob

    February 9th, 2013

    obama’s Navy can’t afford gas money. Apparently his old buddy Stephen Chu didn’t convert the fleet to perpetual motion engines.

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  17. StrangernFiction

    February 9th, 2013

    Yet there is bipartisan agreement to give tanks and fighters to the MB.

    No, we’re not fvcked.

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  18. 123321123321

    February 9th, 2013

    If they weren’t fueling ships with that $28 a gallon fuel that is lining the pockets of those bogus Green Energy companies, they might have some money to fuel these Carriers!!

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