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    Canceling deployments: Are there better ways the Navy can cut the budget?

    Navy cancels five deployments set for April

    By Sam Fellman - Staff writer
    Posted : Monday Mar 25, 2013 16:25:47 EDT

    The defense secretary officially terminated five upcoming ship deployments last week and ordered one deployed frigate to return home. These ships have been on notice for the past month that their cruises may be canned, but lawmakers — when they passed a military funding plan through September — made it official.

    Fleet Forces Command and the Pacific Fleet blamed the actions on automatic spending cuts, known as sequestration. It will strip $4 billion from the Navy’s coffers just this year.

    Fleet statements made no mention whether the service will ground as many as four air wings, possibilities that Navy officials disclosed in early March. Meanwhile, three more ship deployments hang in limbo.

    Read the full story here: http://www.navytimes.com/news/2013/0...ation-032513w/

    Q: Are there better ways the Navy can cut the budget?

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    Re: Canceling deployments: Are there better ways the Navy can cut the budget?

    :clock Now why ask us? Never listened to anyone in the trenches before. Is the 'consultant pool' drying up in DC?? Where are all those retired Admirals And Generals?? To busy running the military times forum?? :rant

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    Re: Canceling deployments: Are there better ways the Navy can cut the budget?

    Sure there are ways to cut the budget: Pre-positioned ships! When Carnival Cruise Lines goes bankrupt, we can commodere their vessles and use them to transport and drop off Sailors at each pre-positioned ship then bring the returning Sailors home. Sort of like Bar-Hopping in a taxi.

    That, or we can rid of the Officer/Enlisted imbalance of leadership. We clearly have more Officers than we need and not enough Enlisted. What is the ratio at these days anyway? Either way, it's certianly more lopsided than it ever has been in Naval History.

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    Re: Canceling deployments: Are there better ways the Navy can cut the budget?

    :dance That is why those 'LCS's' have that port or starboard 'list'(heel) ALL the time;even when 'welded' to the pier.:nono

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