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CNO: Navy Will Need More Funds if Syria Standoff Extends into October

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Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert speaks at the American Enterprise Institute on Sept.5, 2013. US Navy Photo

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert speaks at the American Enterprise Institute on Sept.5, 2013. US Navy Photo

If the ongoing standoff between Syria and U.S. navy ships extends into October, the Navy may have to reshuffle funds to support the massed ships in the Eastern Mediterranean, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert said Thursday at an event at the American Enterprise Institute.

According to estimates from Greenert, each Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) costs $1.5 million per missile, a destroyer costs $7 million a week to operate and a Nimitz-class carrier, with the accompanying air wing, costs $40 million a week, according to estimates from Greenert.

“For the remainder of this year — the weeks in September — we’re comfortable that we could accommodate the operations,” Greenert said.
“Many of those ships are already over there and already budgeted to be over there.”

Normally the Navy budgets ship operations in its yearly operations and maintenance. For example the service operates one to two Arleigh Burke–class destroyers (DDG-51) in the Mediterranean on ballistic missile defense (BMD) patrols. However the Navy has massed four destroyers and one amphibious warship near Syria and will have to cover the difference from other accounts if the ships stay past the start of the Pentagon’s fiscal year on Oct. 1.

In addition to the four destroyers in the region, the Navy has positioned the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68), its escort of three Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyers and one Ticonderoga guided missile cruiser have been tasked to the Red Sea.

In order to fund the into Fiscal Year 2014, Greenert said supplemental funding could be needed to extend operations into October.

Categories: Foreign Forces, News & Analysis, Surface Forces, U.S. Navy
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  • GIMPGIMP

    Of course.

    By the way, it’s possible everything we’re hearing in the news about Syria is political theater meant to keep the press busy and dissuade them from asking the critical questions about the situation.

    “Are there or have there been since the beginning of the Syrian civil war, USG employees or contractors of any department or agency on the ground in Syria in any advisory, training, support, role with the forces fighting against the Syrian government, and if so, hasn’t the war between the US and Syria already started?”

    Pretty simple questions, but I bet they wouldn’t get a simple or truthful answer.

    We’re already at war and the President and Congress all know it. The people just aren’t allowed to because the people think it’s a very bad idea to start another war.