Over Half of US Navy Aircraft Grounded

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    More Than Half of U.S. Navy Aircraft Grounded

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    More than half of United States Navy aircraft cannot fly, mostly “because there isn’t enough money to fix them,” Defense News reported on February 6. That means that 1,700 combat planes and support aircraft are grounded. For the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet, the situation is worse—nearly two thirds are out of service. Defense News wrote that the F/A-18s “are the tip of the spear, embodying most of the fierce striking power of the aircraft carrier strike group.”

    The blunting of this spear has major ramifications. America’s Navy is built around its air power. Since the Battle of Midway during World War II, the U.S. Navy has relied on warplanes as the decisive element in naval engagements. The whole force is structured around carrier strike groups—made up of America’s colossal nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and their escorts.



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