A USNI news article (1) states that funding for the mid-life refueling and overhaul (RCOH) of the carrier USS George Washington has been removed from the Pentagon’s unfunded priorities list submitted to Congress. Currently, the
’s RCOH is unfunded and a funding decision has been deferred. The Navy had placed the RCOH on its draft list but it didn’t make it onto the final Pentagon list. Washington
All signs point to the
being early retired unless the budget situation radically improves. ComNavOps assesses the likelihood of the Washington being early retired as a virtual certainty. We’re currently at 10 (9 active) carriers pending the commissioning of the Ford. I see the Ford being “swapped” for the Washington to keep the carrier force at 10. Of course, the carrier force is mandated by law at 11 ships so Congress would have to amend the law but that’s a trivial exercise. Washington
How’s that 300 ship Navy looking? We may be retiring Ticos and carriers but with 32 LCS’s coming we should still be in good shape.