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Congress is building a stronger fleet than the Navy

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I like this Rob Wittman guy... we could use a few of him in Canada IMHO ;)

Congress is building a stronger fleet than the Navy​

By Rep. Rob Wittman

Dec 15, 04:00 AM

Last Thursday, the House voted on a final National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2023 that secures the future of our naval fleet for another year. Fortunately, Congress improved the Navy’s FY23 inadequate shipbuilding plan in critical ways: We rejected the Navy’s ship construction plans, their decommissioning schedules, force structure proposals and overarching threat assumptions.

While the ink dries on the FY23 NDAA, it is prudent for the Pentagon and Congress to be clear on the final outcomes of this cycle. If the Navy refuses to learn lessons from this year, it will be doomed to repeat them.

First, Congress recognizes that fleet capacity cannot be sacrificed in the near term. I accept former Indo-Pacific Command leader Adm. Philip Davidson’s assessment that China will likely aim to reintegrate Taiwan by force by 2027. Our entire force structure should be optimized to prevent conflict at the time of our greatest vulnerability. Our president must have options to respond appropriately to that crisis.

This will necessitate hulls in the water with a deep arsenal of weapons, not nebulous proposals in PowerPoint slides.

For this reason, Congress rejected the Navy’s request to retire ships that have service life remaining, and those equipped with modern combat systems. This judgement from Congress conflicts with Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro’s recent comments that “many members of Congress have been very supportive of our efforts to decommission these ships,” in reference to Ticonderoga-class cruisers. Actually, Congress specifically prevented the retirement of the guided-missile cruiser Vicksburg in the FY23 NDAA.

Similarly, Secretary Del Toro also asserted that amphibious dock landing ships, or LSD, approaching 35-40 years of age should be retired early, but each of the four LSDs that the Navy recommended decommissioning this year have available hull life remaining. One of those ships, LSD 48, even has nine years of hull life remaining, meaning the ship could be in service until FY31.

Congress is willing to build more ships than the Navy and places more faith in the shipbuilding industrial base. Secretary Del Toro admitted that additional dollars would be better spent on “more [Arleigh Burke-class] DDG Flight IIIs or Constellation-class frigates,” instead of modernizing Ticonderoga-class cruisers. Senior Navy leaders, however, have repeatedly tried to throw cold water on opportunities to build more than two DDG Flight IIIs per year, blaming industry for the service’s own lack of commitment to strategy-based shipbuilding plans.

 

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I wonder if his electoral district includes shipbuilders and/or MIC companies.

Also, the USN isn't exactly having a glut of pers right now either. He doesn't mention who would crew said new ships.
 

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I wonder if his electoral district includes shipbuilders and/or MIC companies.

Also, the USN isn't exactly having a glut of pers right now either. He doesn't mention who would crew said new ships.
Time to reintroduce national service or “gasp” conscription?
 
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