Can you imagine a tugboat cracking the hull of a United States Naval Vessel? How about this one; The GRF class aircraft carrier’s certification to join the fleet is delayed, again, due to her bleeding edge electrical circuitry . If that doesn’t dope-slap you, what about Elmo Zumwalt DDE 1000 leaking through her stern tube. Water lubricating stern tubes prevented a four billion dollars public relations disaster and environmental embarrassment. Not to belabor the point, but what about the Spearhead super-fast cat boat. Doesn’t anyone think about this stuff? Ships of the United States Navy must be designed to take what the ocean dishes, and that means steel and lots of it. Whoever recommended aluminum I hope retired long ago. The former SeaLand SL7’s performed this duty without incident in all of our Arabian war’s starting with Desert George HW Bush.
I haven’t mentioned the OH Perry frigates, and we should be ashamed of ourselves. A little more thought and these great ships might have done better. As it is Turkey purchased several along with the upgrades our Navy neglected to do. I don’t mind a few billion for the ships of the United States Navy. But they must be able to fight, survive, keep our sailors alive, and fight another day.
The United States has the lowest progressive federal tax code in the world, or at least it seems like it. It does not take a genius to realize a ten percent across the board tax increase is the cheapest way to build a navy. Bob’s first law: Never buy cheap, you always spend more in the end. We Americans must demand from those we entrust with our countries life, we did not vote you into office to nickel and dime us into a second rate power.
And this dear reader has nothing to do with Thyucididies Trap. Someone in Washington DC, get a clue.