Since its birth on October 13, 1775, the Navy has been involved with more than ten major wars and countless battles in the effort to bring security, democracy, peace and prosperity to the American people. It’s stood as a constant deterrent against international aggression.
If you want to destroy American power and strength in the world, start with the U.S. Navy.
It is crucial to America’s survival, however, there are some so-called Americans who see it as a vehicle of American imperialism. They would like to see it destroyed. It is on its way.
The New York Analysis of Policy & Government is a website edited by Frank V. Vernuccio, Jr., J.D., who has worked in various state and local government positions. In addition to his website, he has radio shows heard nationally. An article he published Thursday was particularly stunning and worth reading. I’ve linked it below. The title of the article is America’s Navy Is Sinking and they’re not exaggerating.
I’ve summarized it here along with information from other sources.
In 1990, the U.S. Navy had 600 ships guarding the U.S. and protecting global commerce. In the near future, we face having 240 aging ships with an administration rapidly bringing that number down.
In five years, China and Russia will have larger forces than ours. That is a very troubling imbalance and it puts the U.S. and her allies at grave risk.
Admiral Gary Roughead stated that China “doesn’t want to build a navy that’s equivalent to the U.S., [they] want to build a navy that surpasses the U.S.”
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has reported that the affordability of the Navy’s shipbuilding plans have been a concern for several years. “The Navy’s FY2015 30-year shipbuilding plan does not include enough ships to fully support all elements of the Navy’s 306-ship goal over the entire 30-year period.”
They are facing a shortfall in amphibious ships, small surface combatants, and a shortfall in attack submarines.
The Navy is still reeling from the FY2013 sequestration “in terms of maintenance of ships, training and deployment lengths of the crew.”
“Only 1/3 of Navy contingency response forces are ready to deploy within the required 30 days…,” the CRS noted.
Most alarmingly, the CRS wrote:
“Unless naval forces are properly sized, modernized at the right pace, ready to deploy with adequate training and equipment, and capable to respond in the numbers and at the speed required by Combatant Commanders, they will not be able to carry out the Nation’s defense strategy as written. We will be compelled to go to fewer places, and do fewer things. Most importantly, when facing major contingencies, our ability to fight and win will neither be quick nor decisive. Unless this Nation envisions a significantly diminished global security role for its military, we must address the growing mismatch in ends, ways, and means. The world is becoming more complex, uncertain, and turbulent. Our adversaries’ capabilities are diversifying and expanding. Naval forces are more important than ever in building global security, projecting power, deterring foes, and rapidly responding to crises that affect our national security.”
We are making serious mistakes that will be felt long into the future. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 10th, “if you miss a year building a Navy ship, you never make it up.”
This wasn’t part of the article but one can’t help considering the effect of our ever-growing deficit and debt on our ability to maintain or build our Navy back up. The current administration has doubled our debt. We recently lost economic power with the formation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and we lost it to the Chinese communists.
The impact on the size of the fleet will take years to manifest but worse that that, is it is likely we will lose shipbuilders and we only have five left, it used to be six.
Testifying before Congress in March, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter noted:
“For decades…U.S. global power projection has relied on the ships, planes, submarines, bases, aircraft carriers, satellites, networks and other advanced capabilities that comprise the military’s technological edge…Today that superiority is being challenged in unprecedented ways. Carter also stated that America’s aircraft carrier fleet will probably continue to be reduced in size.”
Steve Cohen, writing for the Wall Street Journal, noted with alarm that the U.S. Navy is at its smallest since 1917. Only 35% of the U.S. Navy’s entire fleet is deployed, fewer than 100 ships, including just three aircraft carriers. The remainder are in for maintenance, crews are resting and being trained.
Our important naval efforts are greatly compromised.
The U.S. Navy has been crucial in presenting our power on the world stage. While some might view it negatively as imperialistic power, it is not, it’s for defense, protection, and security in an evil and dangerous world.
We are losing that edge.
Over the last several years, the president and his administration have tried to pass The Law of the Sea Treaty which would have sacrificed our power and our sovereignty if not amended. As it happens, this deterioration of our Navy has done more damage than the treaty ever could.
Robert C. O’Brien, writing for Politico, reported that Ash Carter refused to agree to preserve the Navy’s fleet at a specific level, dodging the question by maintaining that “ship count is only one metric … to evaluate fleet effectiveness.”
The administration will not stem the Navy’s decline.
In fact, given current budgetary trends, the Navy will shrink to around 240-250 ships, and America will no longer be the global naval power it is today.
China and Russia with their evil ideologies will rule the seas. We are planning our own future demise.
Since only a third of the U.S. fleet is at sea at any given time and since the Obama administration has said that it needs 67 ships in the Western Pacific, with a fleet of 240 ships, there would only be 13 ships patrolling the rest of the world at any given time.
We can no longer protect our interests. We are a shrinking power and it will get much worse. It can get so serious that we will never come back from it.
We are not talking tradition, we are talking survival.