Virginia Beach Rep. Elaine Luria has pointed exchange with Navy brass over slow carrier maintenance - Elaine for Congress

Virginia Beach Rep. Elaine Luria has pointed exchange with Navy brass over slow carrier maintenance

“As Rep. Elaine Luria sees it, this week’s decision to extend the deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln speaks to a more serious problem with the aircraft carrier fleet, and the evidence is front and center in Hampton Roads.”

“But at the moment, not one of the Navy’s six East Coast carriers — either at Naval Station Norfolk or Newport News Shipbuilding — are close to combat-ready, Luria said in a House Armed Services hearing this week.”

“In an exchange with Navy leaders, the Virginia Beach Democrat said: “So the taxpayers have made a good investment to have six carriers on the East Coast, plus I understand one on the West Coast — seven of our 11 carriers — in a non-deployable status, and we’re having to extend the Lincoln on deployment because of one emergent casualty on one carrier? That’s where you desire to be?”

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