Tuesday, November 7, 2017
NOT only the Poles and the naval forces of other nations have problems with submarines while docked and awaiting routine service and maintenance. Americans have problems too.
"15 Subs Kept Out of Service: 177 Months Of Drydock Backups"
"WASHINGTON: A massive maintenance backlog has idled 15 nuclear-powered attack submarines for a total of 177 months, and the Navy’s plan to mitigate the problem is jeopardized by budget gridlock, two House Armed Services Committee staffers told Breaking Defense. That is almost 15 submarine-years, the equivalent of taking a boat from the 2018 budget and not adding it back until 2033."
"Massive!" Budget shortfall and gridlock as the cause! Normal refit, maintenance, repair, etc. all delayed. Boats off-line and not [?] seaworthy!
NONE of this is cheap and so be understood to be so. Pay me now or pay me later, but what do you do when there is no pay?