This is a addition to my earlier post on our lack of underway rearming capabilities. I am really angry, mad, hacked off, about what the leadership of MY Navy is doing. Some years ago, we decommissioned all of the Destroyer Tenders and all but two Submarine Tenders. These ships were mobile, floating, deployable, repair facilities capable of almost any repair including replacing a ships propeller while still in the water. The Tenders have proved their worth through out history. The repaired war damage, storm damage, performed normal maintenance, and rearmed ships. The submarine force heavily depends on the Tender's capabilities to replenish and rearm the subs. Not to mention repair work!
As I mentioned in my previous post, we are building ships we cannot rearm, at least the primary weapons systems, underway. Since we have fewer and fewer friends in the world and even fewer places where our ships are safe in port, we must have a way to rearm and replenish our ships in foreign waters. Now, I know the solution, but I am afraid we have lost that capability forever. The Tenders are GONE, and there is NO MONEY to build new ones. The ED's continue to build ships that are not sustainable at sea. They have no station keeping capability! So, while I am identifying a BIG problem, no one really cares.
Another related issue; The Navy's leadership will grab onto any, untested, unproven, management scheme that someone with a PHD after their name writes. TQM/TQL, LEAN Sigma 6, Just in time management, all of which may be usable in civilian industry but are not adaptable to the military. Otherwise, they are BUNK! Our ships are being outfitted by the "Just In Time" idea for supply parts, ammo, and even personnel! Parts are not kept in the spare parts bin in Supply if there is no usage in the last two years! It does not matter that the part in question could make the weapon system unusable! It only matters that IT does not make the "Just In Time" paradyme!! Furthermore, if "Just In Time" really works, why won't the Navy's ED's buy into the idea of "Remote Monitoring" of the systems on the ships. Remote Monitoring would at least give the Supply system a "Heads up" that the part was ABOUT to fail!! Then the "Just I Time" part could be sent to be there when the part failed. However, when I presented this idea, with proof and support from the Military/Industrial Complex, the Navy ED's ran from it. Why, because THEY did not think of it!!! We are truly in deep do do!