You may have heard the USS Boise (SSN-764, Los Angeles class), which has been sitting idle since 2015 and has long since lost its dive certification, is finally, maybe, scheduled to begin maintenance later this year … maybe … history suggests more delays will occur.(2)
|USS Boise - Abandoned and Forgotten|
Several other subs have been waiting multiple years and have lost their dive certifications.
In fact, the idle time accumulated by submarines waiting for maintenance is stunning. Here’s what a GAO study found:
Last year, the Government Accountability Office found that in total, between 2008 and 2018, attack boats waiting to go into maintenance had sat idle for 10,363 days. (1)
A quick calculation shows us that 10,363 days is 28.4 years of idle wait time for maintenance. That’s a lot of submarine idleness … and the Navy wants more ships and a bigger fleet? That is mismanagement on a nearly criminal scale and should at least be grounds for recalling several retired CNOs to active duty for the purpose of instituting courts martial for gross negligence.
So, not only is there a shortage of numbers of submarines
Russian US Navy can’t keep the ones they do have
operational. We quite literally have submarines sitting
pier side, rotting.
Congress should cut all new construction ship funding until the Navy demonstrates that it can properly maintain the ships it has.
(1)Defense News website, “With the Navy’s submarine maintenance woes, there may yet be hope”, David B. Larter, 7-May-2019,
(2)Navy Times website, “The Navy’s saddest fast-attack sub will finally get the tender loving maintenance it needs”, Geoff Ziezulewicz, 29-Apr-2021,