Check out this awesome video from the cockpit of a VFA-103 Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet flying off the deck of USS Dwight D Eisenhower. This video was produced by Carrier Strike Group 8 during the summer of 2012. But if the dire predictions of what might happen under sequestration come to fruition, we may not see many more videos like this in the near future.
Earlier today during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Adm. Mark E. Ferguson III, vice chief of naval operations, said that the Navy would have to stop refueling two carriers and defer construction of a third. Procurement of aircraft would have to be cut, and maintenance deferred. Training and readiness would basically go down the tubes.
“We anticipate reducing flight operations and steaming days for our deployed forces, canceling deployments, deferring more maintenance on ships and aircraft, suspending most non-deployed operations such as training and certifications, along with other cost-cutting measures,” he said. “We will immediately erode the readiness of the force.”
If the full sequestration goes into effect, that is 10% cuts to the Defense Department budget every year for the next 10 years, the Navy will lose 50 ships. The Navy will lose two carrier strike groups and a “proportional number” of expeditionary strike groups.
You can download the Admiral’s prepared testimony here.