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Op Ed # 627 While Navy Pushes Pride, 40% of Our Nuclear Attack Subs Are Out of Commission

  • Op Ed # 627 While Navy Pushes Pride, 40% of Our Nuclear Attack Subs Are Out of Commission

By Capt Joseph R. John, July 25, 2023

The US Navy has a commissioned fleet of 71 Nuclear Submarines.  There are 53 Nuclear Attack Submarines, 14 Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarines and 4 Nuclear Cruise Missile Submarines.   

In 2020, 28% of the Navy’s Nuclear Submarines, or 20 Nuclear Attack Submarines were out of commission.  In 2021, 33% of the Navy Nuclear Submarines, or 23 Nuclear Attack Submarines were out of commission.  By 2022, that number had increased to 37%, or 26 Nuclear Attack Submarines, and by 2023, 40%, or 28 Nuclear Attack Submarines have been out of commission.

The Occupant in the Oval Office has ordered the Secretary Of Defense, the Secretary of the Navy, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) to focus on the administration’s specific priorities, such as Global Warming, Partisan Leftist Causes, and to aggressively push Pride, instead of putting the highest priority on getting the Navy’s Nuclear Attack Submarines that are out of commission, back into commission, so that all 71 Nuclear Submarines are able to deploy. 

The outrageous facts reported in Daniel Greenfield’s below listed article, explain how totally compromised and WOKE the US Navy has become.  US Navy Admirals push “Pride,” instead focusing on getting all the US Navy’s Nuclear Submarines back into a state of operational readiness.   Because of the way the US Navy has poorly managed the maintenance and repair of the US Navy Nuclear Attack Submarines, and because the numbers of those out of commission Nuclear Submarines keeps increasing, without the Navy leaders solving the reasons for the increasing number of out of commission Nuclear Attack Submarines, that trend will most probably continue to increase.  

The US Navy’s 43 operational Nuclear Submarines are opposed by hundreds of Communist Chinese, Russian, and Iranian Nuclear and Diesel Submarines.  The US Pacific Fleet Submarine Commander (SUBPAC), Rear Admiral J.T. Jablon, USN has “committed to broadening the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) of our Submarine Force”, but hasn’t made any comments about the Navy’s plans to bring 40% of the Navy’s out of commission Nuclear Submarines, to an operational state of readiness. 

For the last two and a half years, the indoctrination and brainwashing of DEI  “failed” to improve the “Combat Effectiveness” and the “Unit Cohesion” of personnel in the US Navy.  The US Navy Submarine Force has done nothing to put 28 Nuclear Attack Submarines back in commission, so they can get underway.  If Admiral Rickover, the Father of the Nuclear Navy, knew that 40% of the US Navy Nuclear Submarine Force cannot even get underway, he would be turning over in his grave.

Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro served on the US Naval Academy Alumni Association’s Special Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), to purge all political dissent. He has not been able to resolve the US Navy’s Nuclear Attack Submarines operational readiness problems, but he has promised that, like California, the Navy would reach “net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050”.  The Navy has been spending $718 million/year from its annual budget on Global Warming initiatives, or $1.89 billion since the Biden/Obama administration was inaugurated.  That $1.89 billion should be spent on repairing ships in the fleet, including 40% of the Nuclear Attack Submarines that are out of commission, to get back to an operation state of readiness.

A GAO Report warned that the US Navy is not ready for a military conflict, and that although “the Navy could handle a single battle damage event,” that it was “uncertain whether the Navy would be able to handle multiple simultaneous or near-simultaneous events.”  That GAO Report revealed the fact that the 28 Nuclear Attack Submarines are unable to get underway because of the US Navy’s repair procedures, shipyard execution, and because of the lack of material required for repairs.  The DOD and the US Navy failed leadership has also not been able to improve or maintain the “Combat Effectiveness” of the US Navy’s Nuclear Submarine Force. 

A Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Report stated that 40% of the Navy’s Nuclear Submarines remain out of commission because of the lack of proper “planning, (the failure of) shipyard execution, and material shortages”.  For the last three years, the Navy Supply System should have initiated an emergency worldwide search for material needed to repair 28 Nuclear Attack Submarines; that effort could have been funded by the $1.89 billion budgeted for Global Warming.  The NAVSEA Report exposed the failure of the leadership of DOD and CNO to execute the repair, maintenance, and source the material necessary to repair 28 Nuclear Submarines. 

Unfortunately, Obama’s Flag screening boards eliminated from consideration highly qualified combat tested officers for promotion to Flag Officer, yet approved the selection of less qualified, diverse, females, partisan, and Woke officers who promoted Pride for promotion to Flag Officer.  Some of those Flag Officers have been involved in the repair and maintenance of Nuclear Submarines and the procurement of material thru the Naval Supply System to repair out of commission Navy Nuclear Submarines, the inability of those Flag Officers to reduce the number of out of commission Nuclear Attack Submarines.   

During the last two and a half years, the Secretary of Defense and the CNO failed to focus on the need to repair the Navy’s Nuclear Attack Submarines that are out of commission and cannot get underway.  That failure to source scarce materials for repairs further demonstrates the unsatisfactory management of repair and maintenance for Nuclear Submarines.  If the 28 Nuclear Submarines that are currently out of commission were repaired and were able to deploy along with the 43 current operational Nuclear Submarines, they collectively would contribute toward the success of US Naval Forces operating in conflict against the Communist Chinese Navy.

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While Navy Pushes 'Pride', a Third of Attack Subs Are Out of Order
Daniel Greenfield, 18 Jul 09:14 AM

On June 16, 2023, a date which will live in infamy, the Pearl Harbor base featured the story of Lt. Nick Grant, an “out gay cisgender man” who was a co-chair of the Naval Medical Force Pacific Transgender Care Team (NMFP TGCT).

The title of the Pride Month feature was “serving with pride”.

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The Navy’s medical service, which can’t seem to do anything about active duty personnel killing themselves, has multiple “transgender care teams” for different regions composed of multiple specialists for different areas to “oversee and, in many cases, provide mental health, hormonal, and surgical interventions as needed to facilitate the gender transition process.”

There are some who say that the Navy ought to be focused on other things. Like getting its submarines to work. In the latest numbers, nearly 40% of attack subs are out of commission.

With only 31 subs operationally ready, the US Navy is more unready than ever to face off against the People’s Liberation Army Submarine Force of Communist China.

In 2017, 28% of submarines were out of commission. By 2022, it was 33%, and now it’s 37%. At the rate that the woke Naval brass are going, most subs will soon be out of order.

Under Biden, the number of operational nuclear powered attack subs has never gone above 33 out of 49. A third of our submarine attack fleet being out of order has become the new normal.

If only the Navy could repair subs as quickly as its transgender care teams castrate sailors.

As the U.S. Pacific Fleet (SUBPAC) commander responsible for 37 attack and ballistic missile submarines, Rear Admiral J.T. Jablon is “committed to broadening the diversity, equity, and inclusion of our Submarine Force”.

“Diverse representation without equity and inclusion degrades our readiness. Barriers to inclusion are the unconscious biases we carry without our awareness,” J.T. Jablon claimed in the official DEI statement. Everyone in the submarine fleet must be subjected to racial struggle sessions and political indoctrination, opportunities must be awarded based on race.

Not only hasn’t DEI improved readiness, but submarine readiness has drastically dropped.

“Diversity and inclusion are cornerstones of high organizational performance and mission effectiveness,” J.T. Jablon argued. The state of the submarine fleet proves otherwise.

The Navy is more diverse than ever. Pride Month is celebrated at American naval bases all across the Pacific. And even the most basic functions of the fleet are out of order.

When Biden nominated Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro, a Democrat fundraiser, the former contractor was supposed to untangle the supply chain issues. But his company, SBG, benefited from government contracts as a “minority-owned business and a service disabled veteran owned small business” and he’s shown no ability to fix the Navy’s problems.

Del Toro, who had served on the Naval Academy Alumni Association’s Special Commission on Culture, Diversity, and Inclusion to purge political dissent, announced that his focus would be on China, Culture, Climate, and COVID. The US Navy is going green and promised that, like California, it would reach “net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050”.

The Navy’s 2023 budget wastes $718 million on fighting global warming. That’s more than 10% of the $6.2 billion in maintenance costs for 151 Navy vessels. If the Navy focused as much on getting its vessels operational as it does on global warming, identity politics and other partisan leftist causes, we would have subs in the water and have nothing to fear from China.

Instead, China is laughing while the US Navy commits to “100 percent zero-emission vehicles by 2035” and “100 percent carbon pollution-free electricity” and has partly achieved its goal by having “37 percent zero-emission attack submarines” sitting and doing nothing.

“They have 13 shipyards, in some cases their shipyard has more capacity — one shipyard has more capacity than all of our shipyards combined. That presents a real threat,” Del Toro observed of China’s shipyards. We could have shipyards too, but they ‘emit’ things.

At a Naval diversity summit, Secretary Del Toro told senior leaders that, “in order to maintain our strategic edge, the Navy and Marine Corps team must operationalize innovative and cohesive initiatives, rooted in DEI’s goals.” Our strategic edge is blunted, the fleet is failing and our capabilities are falling behind China while our military operationalizes leftist political agendas.

Instead of working on vessels, the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard urges everyone to become an “ally” and consult “reputable sources like the Trevor Project, the Human Rights Campaign, and GLAAD.”

Meanwhile, a GAO report found that ‘steaming hours’ for Navy vessels had consistently decreased even as the DOD treated the number of the decreased as classified information. Navy officials responded to the maintenance backlogs, not by improving performance, but by trying to decommission and reduce the number of ships in the fleet to improve the numbers.

In 2019, more than half of the aircraft carriers were not ready to deploy. The US Navy is already badly backed up just repairing ships on routine deployments. In the event of a naval military conflict, another GAO report found that it would be absolutely overwhelmed.

The GAO report stated that the Navy “is in the early stages of determining how it will provide battle damage repair during a great power conflict.” The Navy has spent far more time thinking about how it will implement DEI programs and castration opportunities for sailors than it has how it will cope with repairing battle damage during a war.

The shipyards are not ready with “more than half the equipment at the shipyards is past its expected service life.” The submarines are not ready, with only 31 mission capable attack subs. And the fleet is not ready for a military conflict with a GAO report warning that “the Navy could handle a single battle damage event,” but they were “uncertain how the Navy might handle multiple simultaneous or near-simultaneous events”. But the DEI indoctrination is ready.

92% of ship fires may be going unreported, but Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday is on track with his true mission. “My goal is to put the Navy in a place over the next 20 years where we’re the most diverse service in the DoD,” Gilday told the State of the Navy.

China’s goal is to have the largest Navy in the world. After achieving that goal in 2021, it has kept on building and aims to have 400 vessels. But we will have the most diverse Navy. Our ships won’t work, but our struggle sessions will. We won’t win any wars except on ourselves.

The People’s Republic of China may take pride in ruling the seas, but we’ll take pride in Pride.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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