USS Essex unable to fulfill mission for 2nd time in seven months – Navy – Stripes

For the second time in seven months, mechanical or maintenance issues have prevented the USS Essex from meeting a commitment at sea, Navy officials said Wednesday.

The 21-year-old flagship of the forward deployed Expeditionary Strike Group 7 was scheduled to depart several days ago for Cobra Gold 2012, an annual exercise with Thailand. The mission was scrapped due to an equipment failure.

β€œIt is true, the Essex will not be making Cobra Gold,” Task Force 76 spokesman Lt. Richard Drake said. β€œThe cause is wear and tear.” (emphasis mine-XBradTC)

via USS Essex unable to fulfill mission for 2nd time in seven months – Navy – Stripes.

No, the cause is the idiotic “Fleet Response Plan” and “Optimal Manning” initiatives the Navy instituted when they adopted the “Enterprise” business approach to running a navy.

Cutting corners on maintenance schedules, and the people to perform that maintenance, means that ships that should last for 30 years or more are a mess at only 20 years of service.

6 thoughts on “USS Essex unable to fulfill mission for 2nd time in seven months – Navy – Stripes”

    1. Thanks. A link might have been nice. But just knowing such an august personage as yourself reads this little blog for more than just Craig’s cannon cocker posts is heartwarming.

  1. Essex is not the only ship in the fleet these conditions affect; they just don’t have the “want to” to get it done. If it was up to me she’d have a new CO, XO and CHENG.

  2. If Essex is the next JFK, then they might as well do a SINKEX on her. By the time I started to work on JFK in 2001, she was terminally screwed already. We put another 700 mil into her in 2003 and it still wasn’t enough. Years and years of neglect, pure and simple.

  3. Er, ain’t there a link in my comment?

    I think so.

    But whadda ya mean “August”? It’s February.

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