CNO Greenert’s public remarks continue to reveal a man who is either delusional, lying, or is the consummate political animal in a military uniform. The latest comments came at a National Press Club luncheon on
16-Nov-12. Consider these tidbits.
“We’re not downsizing, we’re growing … The ship count is going up and the number of people is going up.”
2012 318,406 (as of Nov 2012)
We’ve already thoroughly discussed the fleet size in previous posts. It’s not only shrinking, it’s getting weaker as the LCS, MLP, and JHSV replace Aegis cruisers, amphibious ships, and Perry class frigates. The only way one can count the fleet as increasing in numbers is by counting non-combat ships. CNO’s statements are misleading, at best.
CNO discussed OpTemp and longer deployments.
“OpTempo has been a little higher than I expected at this time a year ago. We need to reconcile how we’re going to continue to support that.”
CNO is unsure how to support higher OpTempos? How about building more ships and more useful ships instead of the useless LCS. OpTempos are going to continue to increase as the LCS replaces retiring ships because it can’t be used for anything worthwhile and it has no endurance so some other higher end ship is going to have to pick up the slack.
On the subject of mine warfare, CNO stated,
“You don't need a mine countermeasures ship and a large helicopter drawing a sled to clear these things out. Smaller ships [from foreign navies] can become very effective."
Regarding the rash of CO firings, CNO had this to say.
“I don’t understand why they’re misbehaving but I’m concerned about that.”
Seriously, most of what this CNO says is totally at odds with facts and reality. Is it any wonder why we have an epidemic of leadership firings? It’s clear the Navy is no longer selecting for integrity, honesty, and character.