"Reminds the Russian fleet after the collapse of the USSR": Americans are surprised by the rusty ships of the US Navy

Last month I visited the Norfolk Naval Base, the headquarters of the US Atlantic Fleet. What I saw scared me and reminded me of stories about the rusting Russian navy in the days following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, writes 19FortyFive journalist John Rossomando.

So, at the pier and in the waters of Norfolk, the journalist noticed a rusting nine-year-old dry cargo ship of the USNS Medgar Evers, a dock ship USS Arlington, a Ticonderoga-class missile cruiser with a hidden hull number and much more.

Rossomando recalled that he is far from the first one who sees and photographs the warships of the American fleet that have lost their sight.

According to the spokesman for the US Navy, Richlin Ivey, the covid pandemic is to blame for everything, which made it difficult to paint the hulls of warships.

But many experts believe that the reasons for this state of affairs lie somewhat deeper. The rusty navy symbolizes arrogance, mismanagement, ineffective leadership and a lack of discipline and responsibility, writes the author of 19FortyFive.

For example, last year the US Government Audit Office found that the Navy had completed only half of the planned maintenance measures for the ships. At the same time, amid a shortage of qualified labor, the demand for such services is growing.
  • Used photographs: Chris Cavas, John Rossomando
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  1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
    gunnerminer (gunner miner) 24 November 2021 13: 26
    Well at least the Khibiny ended up with the Su-34, otherwise all the sailors of the NATO squadron would have fled. laughing
  2. akarfoxhound Offline akarfoxhound
    akarfoxhound 24 November 2021 14: 15
    Well, Banderzians, your ubiquitous favorite topic "for the rusty fleet" is back in trend! Or bark at the striped owner of the slaves of the bottom? laughing
  3. NoN importa Offline NoN importa
    NoN importa (no importa) 24 November 2021 15: 13
    nothing special - usual it is different
  4. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 24 November 2021 23: 12
    What do you mean, what other rust? EVERYTHING. Some kind of Kiselevschina. am
    This is a light touch of free democratic saffron milk caps. good
    The entire progressive world community knows that the ships of the empire of good are not subject to corrosion because they are filled with molecules of freedom at the very waterline. fellow

    But seriously, all empires are aging, all ships are rusting (except for titanium boats), it's just that not everything is shown in this form.
    Leyte Gulf CG-55, the one in the photo, is supposed to be scrapped for next year.
    But Arlington LPD-24 born in 2013, for its age ushatan is notable.
    It is useful to show such pictures to experts, who tell us that our ships are being repaired, but they count everything according to the list. They say, as they were built, they are ready for battle for 300 years around the clock under steam.
  5. shiva Offline shiva
    shiva (Ivan) 25 November 2021 09: 44
    Do not offend your overseas partners - there is smoke from the chimney in the second photo, so the piece of iron is working!
    Well, or they smoke something there, it doesn't matter - there are people, it means they are afloat.
    Attempts by the stars and stripes and a little hairy (I like to write children's poetry) - to nest wherever possible, inflating your budget to space, are doomed to failure.
    As one of my teachers used to say - you can't sit on two chairs, you can't go on two roads - your legs will go apart, your butt will break, and the eggs will fall to the ground according to the law of gravity. And what are you going to do, eating somewhere vrasoryachka, without eggs?
    Now this is the picture of the USA ... Do not forget the national debt ...
  6. Screw Offline Screw
    Screw (Gennady) 25 November 2021 16: 20
    Negroes are busy with critical racial theory, there is no one to paint ships.
    1. Alexndr p Offline Alexndr p
      Alexndr p (Alexander) 25 November 2021 16: 41
      Blacks are busy with critical racial theory, paint ships with some

  7. Face Offline Face
    Face (Alexander Lik) 25 November 2021 23: 19
    I wonder where the Afro-Gabonians have gone from the stale? The owner is offended, it would be necessary to cover the standard of democracy with our frail breasts.