Navy: Aircraft better off than reports say, future readiness still an issue

An EA-18G Growler aligns itself for an at sea landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.


By Published: July 30, 2011

A House Armed Services Committee report shows that only 43 percent of the Navy’s deployed aircraft are fully mission-ready.

Navy officials say the service is meeting war-time requirements despite such statistics but that the pace likely cannot be maintained, Military Times reported.

“Overall, the Navy’s readiness is acceptable,” Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert said last week at a House readiness subcommittee hearing, the military newspaper group reported.

High operational tempo has caused more frequent deployments and longer times at sea, reducing training and maintenance across the fleet.

“The stress on the force is real and it is relentless,” Greenert said, according to Military Times.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., warned last week that the Navy could see the most severe budget cuts of all the services, especially if it doesn’t get its act together on two major weapons systems

Read the entire Military Times story on the Navy readiness