When we discussed the
Tarawa early retirements, I stated that additional amphibious ship classes would begin to be early retired in the near future. Well, here’s a quote from the 2013 USMC Seabasing Required Capabilities Annual Report,
“… LSD 41/46 vessels will begin to be decommissioned beginning in FY 15 13/19 years ahead of their service life allowance.”
This is absolutely disgusting. Congress should flat out stop funding naval construction of all types until the Navy can show that they can operate and maintain the ships they have at least through their service lives. Rewarding the Navy with new ships because they failed to maintain their existing ones is fundamentally wrong and is a gross violation of the trust of the American taxpayer.