Scary Skimmer INSURV News
Navy Times reports that two surface ships, USS Chosin (CG 65) and USS Stout (DDG 55), failed INSURV inspections last month. Excerpts from the article, which includes copies of the message reports, include:
But numerous officers familiar with the InSurv reports are concerned that myriad causes are resulting in such poor material inspections.The article says that money isn't an issue, and that the ACOS in charge of skimmer maintenance in San Diego says, "We are 100 percent funded to our requirement for maintenance", I'm wondering if that's really the case. People frequently rag on Jimmy Carter because of reports that a Navy ship couldn't get underway during his Presidency; will we be doing the same thing in a few years thinking back on the Bush Presidency?
“Where was the chain of command? Why did the parent squadron not know of the terrible material condition?” van Tol asked. The ship’s command, he said, “has a lot to answer for, either in terms of not finding and fixing the problems, or at least advising his seniors of the problems.”
The ship’s enlisted leaders also are partly responsible, van Tol said.
“One could also ask where the chief’s mess was in all this, since they are the technical experts as well as the senior enlisted leaders onboard.”