This isn’t in accordance with Hollywood hype or Trump’s trumpetings—
The US Navy in the Pacific has a problem.
Not only has it lost two of its most advanced air defence destroyers to avoidable collisions at a time of intense regional tensions, there are reports its crews are on the brink of exhaustion – and revolt.
The Navy Times has revealed a catastrophic collapse of morale aboard the key guided missile cruiser USS Shiloh – one of only a handful of ships capable of engaging North Korea’s ballistic missiles.
“If we went to war I felt like we would have been killed easily and there are (people) on board who wanted it to happen so we could just get it over with,” one sailor wrote.
“It’s only a matter of time before something horrible happens,” another predicts in an anonymous survey of the Japan-based USS Shiloh’s mission preparedness.
But these are just a few words among a flurry of expressions of discontent:
“Our sailors do not trust the CO.”
The ship’s a “floating prison”.
“I just pray we never have to shoot down a missile from North Korea … because then our ineffectiveness will really show.”
Depression. Suicidal thoughts. Exhaustion. Despair.
Micromanagement. Command dysfunction. Excessive punishments.
Some even say they had been confined to the ‘brig’ on bread and water rations for simple on-the-job mistakes.
The responses are being seen as a warning that the stressed US 7th Fleet may not be up to the task of deterring North Korea, China and Russia amid a multitude of regional stand-offs.
“Members, especially leaders, are so worn out, beat down, and overworked, that they are almost incapable of being effective,” one sailor wrote.
for source (NZH): CLICK HERE
—and doesn’t sound good at all. Is this a case of misleading disinformation, or is it for real? If true, then is it a case of ‘generation Snowflake meets Captain Bligh’ … or should the fleet be sorted out properly?
Given that one snowflake doth not a winter make I scanned a failing memory … and no, I’ve never been anything but favourably impressed with the US navy that I’ve met. So perhaps, as Hamlet mused “Something is rotten in the state of …”
This is pure surmisation here— the US forces would be better served to dig up and clone the late Captain McGonagle of the USS Liberty. (Make enough clones to serve the entire executive of the US Navy.)
SO, THE QUESTION
has to be: Are we concerned here with one or two instances, or something widespread that even right now
will be is the subject of frantic ‘ass covering’ activity?
I think the standard approach is to go aboard the ships concerned and over tea and bikkies ask the officers.
Or go to the bases and over tea and bikkies ask the officers.
Or go to any installation and over tea and bikkies ask the officers …
do the Americans still have a navy? (Got lots of ships, though—got some very impressive aircraft carriers and rail guns and magLevs and stuff.)
They do have a few fleets … but are they fleets of Liberties, or Bedfords?
If you haven’t seen it be warned, a wee bit dated now. But from the looks of things it could well be germane to the issue … (and is still a good dit*) .
“Americans,” my father used to say with sad affection, “are great people. But sadly they believe their own propaganda.”
Perhaps the NZH article is propaganda too. But it has the Ring Of Truth (ROT) that gives it credibility.
Perhaps the White House should take charge—you know, set up a few dozen unlimited Investigation Committees, dwell a decent pause and then sack a few thousand disgruntled gobs. Promote a few officers to flag rank, give the entire officer corps some medals—even strike new ones if needed—
—and get Hollywood to resurrect ‘The Sand Pebbles’ …
* I got my copy via Amazon.