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Navy: Shipyard cuts may delay sub deployments

By Audrey McAvoy

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 02:48 p.m. HST, Nov 26, 2013


The Navy's top submarine commander in the Pacific says budget issues won't affect his ability to deploy submarines next year.

But Rear Adm. Phillip Sawyer says he's concerned cuts to the civilian workforce at the nation's naval shipyards will mean submarines won't be ready for deployment as quickly in 2015 and beyond.

He says a hiring freeze has prevented shipyards from replacing many retired workers and doing as much maintenance work. This means a submarine that might have taken seven months to repair in the past may have to spend eight or nine months in the shipyard.

Sawyer told The Associated Press in an interview at his Pearl Harbor headquarters on Monday it's important that the submarine force maintain high standards even as it faces budget pressures.







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localguy wrote:
Clearly another example of our dysfunctional congress doing what they do best, taking care of #1. One would think when a worker retires you could replace them as you are not adding workers above the current level. But noooo, congress steps in and messes it up. So where does the extra salary go for the worker once they retire? What if they didn't retire, money is still there? Term limits on congress would be a start. So would firing the entire bunch. So goes one, so go them all.
on November 26,2013 | 02:50PM
HD36 wrote:
When interest rates normalize the debt service payments will eclipse the entire millitary budget.
on November 27,2013 | 05:10AM
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