You’ll recall that the Navy’s announced list of ships slated to be decommissioned in 2013 included four Aegis cruisers: Cowpens,
, Vicksburg Port Royal, . At the time of the announcement we noted that it made no sense to early retire ships that constituted the backbone of the Navy and were not yet at the end of their expected service lives. It was widely speculated that this might be a political game being played by the President, through the Navy, attempting to force Congress to come up with additional money to “save” the cruisers. Anzio
It now appears that that is exactly what happened. Congress came up with the money in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 and none of the cruisers have been retired as of this date. It remains to be seen what will happen in 2014. Regardless, this type of gamesmanship is unworthy of the Navy and their participation in it is unseemly and disappointing.
The next issue, of course, is maintenance. It appears that none of the four ships is receiving needed maintenance though hard information on that is difficult to come by. It appears that the ships are being left in limbo and are being allowed to further deteriorate.
This is just a deplorable situation all the way around.