With all the challenges the Navy faces, what do you think Navy Secretary Mabus and CNO Greenert are spending their time on? Ballistic missile defense? Chronic maintenance and readiness problems? The coming submarine and fighter shortfalls?
Those are all good guesses but not even remotely close.
Mabus and Greenert have just created a new ship designation. The new designation is “E” for Expeditionary. It will be used to redesignate these ships:
JHSV, Joint High Speed Vessels will become EPF, for Expeditionary Fast Transport
MLP, Mobile Landing Platforms will become ESD, for Expeditionary Transfer Docks
AFSB, Afloat Forward Staging Bases will become ESB, for Expeditionary Base Mobile
I don’t really care what the ships are designated but is this really the best use of the SecNav and CNO’s time? Is this really the issue that moves them?
Further, I doubt that this is just an innocuous redesignation. I assume this will be used as justification to count these ships as part of the fleet rather than as the auxiliaries that they are.
Navy leadership is truly an embarrassment to the fleet and the nation.