HASC: Navy Is Treading Water
The House Armed Services Committee recently held a hearing to review the recent naval accidents. The discussion soon focused on the ongoing readiness issues the Navy faces, including reduced training, long deployments and continued budget uncertainty. The Navy acknowledged it had knowingly operated warships despite a growing number of major training and maintenance shortfalls – all done to meet increasing operational demands. The hearing provided an alarming picture of exhausted crews and commanders on a shrinking overseas fleet saddled with constant deployments.
The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) is also scheduled to have a hearing on Navy readiness issues related to the naval mishaps that claimed the lives of 17 sailors.