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LOSING TIME: Eleven Ships

Oct 6, 2017
Defense Drumbeat
“Every day we live under a continuing resolution is a day we do damage to our military.”  
- Mac Thornberry, Chairman, House Armed Services Committee
 
ELEVEN SHIPS


THE PROBLEM:

To be effective and safe, our ships require regular maintenance.  To achieve this the Navy maintains a delicate rotation, bringing ships that need regular repair back to port while ensuring we have enough ships at sea to keep America secure.  Repeated funding cuts and continuing resolutions have disrupted that schedule.  Consequently, ships that desperately need repair are forced to stay at sea, or wait in line at a shipyard - challenging our ability to project power, risking the success of our missions and the lives of our sailors.

 

WHAT WE ARE DOING TODAY:

Under the current CR, maintenance will be delayed on eleven more ships, keeping them away from the fleet while the nation pays additional money for longer pierside maintenance periods.  

 

WHAT WE COULD BE DOING:

The House authorized increasing ship maintenance by $75 million, to help clear the current backlog and keep our ships and Sailors safe. 

115th Congress

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