About Adm. Stan Arthur, USN (Ret.) and Capt. J. Talbot Manvel, USN (Ret.)

Adm. Stan Arthur (Ret.) was the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. During the Vietnam War he flew more than 500 combat missions. Later he commanded U.S. Central Command’s Naval Task Force in Operation Desert Storm, the largest U.S. naval force amassed since World War II.

Capt. Manvel, USN (Ret.) was an engineering duty officer on aircraft carriers.  He served on three, last as Chief Engineer on USS America (CV-66) during Desert Storm, led the development of the Incremental maintenance plan for the Nimitz class, and was the first program manager for the CVN(X), now the Ford class.  

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Opinion: Get the Ford Carriers to the Fleet

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The U.S. Navy is struggling with an undersized fleet, and is being pushed to its breaking point. The facts are clear. The carrier force is below the mandate required by law. Our ships are going on deployments of ever increasing lengths, all longer than planned—as long as 10 months. Because of backlogs of ship maintenance, unplanned repairs are popping up with increasing frequency stretching out the ships’ repair periods. Training periods are now being cut by three-fourths of their planned time. Read More