in Newport News, Va., and General
Dynamics’ Electric Boat outfit in
The Navy could opt instead to
divvy up the conventional shipbuilding and nuclear work on the
CG(X)s between the four yards or
concentrate all the work on the
ships at Newport News and Electric
Boat, amounting to a significant loss
for Ingalls and Bath.
Regardless of how they handle it,
any option would “have significant
potential implications for workloads and employment levels at
each of these shipyards,” according
to a May Congressional Research
tion and meeting the needs of the
Navy in an age of stagnant budgets.
Referring to yet another challenge — piracy on the high seas —
Mabus said, “It’s not going to be an
easy issue, but it’s one that we and
our partners, our allies, the international community take very seriously and will continue to take it
The 60-year-old Mabus was a surface warfare officer in the Navy from
1970 to 1972 and was governor of
Mississippi from 1988 to 1992. He
spent much of the past year on the
campaign trail for Obama.
Bills Would Allow Navy
To Drop to 10 Carriers
In their versions of the fiscal 2010
defense authorization bill, the
House and Senate Armed Services
Committees have agreed to give the
Navy authority to temporarily
decrease the number of aircraft carriers in the fleet from 11 to 10.
Doing so will allow the Navy to
retire USS Enterprise, the oldest
nuclear-powered carrier, in fiscal
2013, before it commissions
Gerald R. Ford in 2015.
The move provides significant
relief for the Navy, which has
argued that keeping Enterprise in
service beyond 2012 would cost
more than $2 billion and tie up
more than 2,000 personnel who
could be assigned elsewhere.
It also marks a significant turnaround for lawmakers, who have
twice rejected the Navy’s request
for a temporary waiver allowing
the service to retire Enterprise
before Ford comes online, arguing
that it would be operationally risky
to have only 10 carriers in the fleet.
President Barack Obama nominated
Mabus earlier this year and the
Senate confirmed him May 19. He
was sworn in at a private White
House ceremony one day later so he
could begin his job immediately.
The Navy Yard event was attended by more than 500 people,
had two traditional 19-gun salutes
and, in honor of the former Mississippi governor, played the Ole’
Miss fight song. Mabus succeeded
“Our Navy and Marine Corps are
extremely fortunate to have him at
the helm,” Defense Secretary Robert
Gates told the audience.
As secretary, Mabus is tasked
with managing an annual budget
around $125 billion and nearly
900,000 people. In his acceptance
speech, Mabus promised to take
care of service member’s families.
Mabus told reporters after the
ceremony that he was moved by
the “incredible opportunity” he
was given as Navy secretary.
He said there are a lot of challenges facing him, but the biggest
are shipbuilding, aircraft produc-
GAO: Alternatives Analysis
Recommended for V- 22
The Government Accountability
Office (GAO) recommended that
the secretary of defense “require a
new alternatives analysis of the
V- 22 [Osprey tiltrotor aircraft]
and determine how cost-effective it
is in meeting the Marine Corps
In a May report, “Assessments
Needed to Address V- 22 Aircraft
Operational and Cost Concerns to
Ray Mabus Sworn In
As Navy Secretary
Ray Mabus was officially sworn in as
the 75th secretary of the Navy June
18 at the Navy Yard in Washington.
An MV-22B Osprey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263 (Reinforced),
22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, takes off from the flight deck of multipurpose
amphibious assault ship USS Bataan during routine flight operations in support of
maritime security operations in the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet area of responsibility.
SEAPOWER / AUGUST 2009