Lack of Funding Affects USS Lincoln Refueling and Complex Overhaul

Story Number: NNS130208-17Release Date: 2/8/2013 4:14:00 PM
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WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) will not start due to a lack of funding, the Navy said Feb. 8.

Lincoln was expected to move to Newport News shipyard next week to begin the overhaul. However, as a result of the fiscal constraints resulting from the ongoing continuing resolution (CR), the contract for the refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) has not been issued to Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.

Lincoln will remain pierside at Naval Station Norfolk until sufficient funding is received to start the execution of the RCOH. In the meantime, the ship's Sailors continue to conduct maintenance.

In their 50 year life spans, one RCOH is scheduled for the midpoint of an aircraft carrier's service life. Lincoln was commissioned 23 years ago Nov. 11, 1989.

The impact of postponing CVN 72's RCOH is three-fold:
* the time scheduled for the RCOH will have to be lengthened because the overhaul won't begin when it was expected,
* delayed redelivery of Lincoln to the fleet,
* and impacts to industry (takes away money/jobs and can delay subsequent scheduled availabilities).

Cancelling or delaying maintenance creates a significant backlog of deferred maintenance and affects future year schedules and costs, as well as future readiness. The delay in Lincoln's RCOH will affect other carrier work. Because of the short time available between sequential dockings, the delay will also result in day-for-day impacts to the defueling of the recently inactivated Enterprise (CVN 65) and the start of USS George Washington's (CVN 73) RCOH.

A yearlong CR impacts funds for fuel, parts, ship and aircraft repairs, base operations, maintenance for buildings, roads and runways, and salaries for our government employees and contractors.

The fiscal uncertainties created by not having an appropriations bill and the measures the Navy is forced to take as a result, place significant stress on an already strained force and undermine the stability of a fragile industrial base.

2/21/2013 9:01:00 AM
The posting from 2/14/13, made me wonder. Just last nite on Fox news, Norht Korea spent over 1.6 billion dollars on missles, enough to feed the country for a year, according to Fox News. With that said, and thinking about the USA 's readiness to protect and defend world wide, it seems we are becoming lacks in our thinking of protecting ourselfs. I don't advocate we let people starve in the USA, but looks like we letting our gaurd down.

2/14/2013 8:34:00 PM
The Navy is the only branch that has an urgent peace time mission to protect U.S. tactical and strategic interests all over the planet and project the power of this nation to ensure the integrity, stability, safety and well being of democracies throughout the world. Yet the Navy is always cutback and underfunded, always the victim of an Essex class congressional mentality rife with politics. For the Lincoln to sit at dock awaiting its funding is a national tragedy. Call Washington

2/12/2013 8:23:00 PM
I really can't believe this, I feel like we have lost all thoughts of protecting our country. What happened to the day, when we were the World's help and power? Maybe, all our politicians and a few others need to take a pay cut, and work for the American people. We The People...Not We The Government!

2/12/2013 4:14:00 PM
What is it going to take, an all out war??? What is wrong with our government???

2/11/2013 6:09:00 PM
The DOD should reach down into the sewer they have been throwing money into for the last couple of decades. I feel sorry for the sailors who are paying the price for the bigwigs in the Pentagon.

2/11/2013 3:54:00 PM
Once again, the politicians (most of whom have never set foot in a military uniform), are "sticking it" to the men and women of the finest navy in the world!!....If we could just have them step off of capitol hill for one 6 month deployment on a carrier (or any ship for that matter), and have them try and do the same jobs our sailors do, THEY MIGHT LEARN TO PUT THEIR PRIORITIES IN ORDER!!....Godspeed to all the crew on the Lincoln - our prayers are with you!!.....IT1-USNR-RET

2/11/2013 1:05:00 PM
To see this is just gut-wrenching to me. As a retired Navy man, I NEVER thought I would see a day like this occur EVER!!! We are the guardians of the Free World and have a responsibility to give our men and women of the Armed Forces, and especially those of the U.S. Navy the tools, training, and supplies that they deserve and desperately need to do the job we pay them little enough to do. I truly feel bad for you shipmates! You deserve better than this. OLDNAVET

2/11/2013 11:18:00 AM
I sailed on this ship on a Tiger Cruise in 2011.I felt i was at the safest place in the world.All those men,women and officers aboard,deserve better than this.Our goverment should be ashames to make a statement like that,No Money!! How many senator's and congress men when without there money to repair their homes or fix their car's? None! We have a great Navy,and nothing should stand in the way of it staying that way.Shame on you all!!!! Bravo Zulu to our navy! TigerMom

2/11/2013 9:22:00 AM
The Defense Department needs to stop cutting military money and concentrate cutting the bloated civilian complex that reside in Washington DC. They are playing a political game with our real defense forces. Give the military leaders what they need. Why does Washington grow and grow? Do we really need to eliminate the second aircraft carrier in a war zone? Do we really need to stop the renovation of an active ship? Did we cut all the civilians related to this renovation and lay off the crew?

2/10/2013 9:59:00 AM
Thanks to a "do nothing" Congress, the world's greatest Navy is being laughed at up and down the East Coast. I rode the Lincoln and feel that this is disrespect to a great ship and crew.

2/9/2013 10:26:00 PM
I can say that I don't believe this but coming from a military town and marrying one of our Navy Chiefs, it doesn't take much to read the signs. I do believe what is happening. If our people up in Washington don't get on the ball and set things to right then we can see several "big ships" just waiting for the next 9/11 or should I say the next Pearl Harbor? Let us take our country back.

2/9/2013 9:06:00 PM
Congress is messing with the lives and lively hood of thousands of people by playing around with the budget crisis like it is a game of golf. The Nation is counting on them passing this budget which if they don't could completely undermine and compromise the integrity of the United States of America. Instead of America taking giant steps forward, like Obama promised, this country of ours is being forced to take gargantuan leaps backwards. Which way do we run???

2/8/2013 11:01:00 PM
Sorry to hear that funds are lacking to have the Lincoln, my former duty station, delayed. I hope everything works out soon so that this great warship may return to the fleet. IT2(SW) Neil R. McGown

2/8/2013 6:44:00 PM
I think that it is an outrage that our "elected" politicians are foolish enough to screw with our first line of defense by not having these ships maintained. Have they forgotten the history of December 1941? They continue to amaze and disappoint me with their pomposity and arrogance and ignorance. The domino effect of this grave decision affects so many people and so much of the support industry we need to keep our assets in fighting shape. Somebody wake them before it is too late, please!

2/8/2013 5:26:00 PM
never ever would think for one min that this could happen

2/8/2013 4:44:00 PM
My Stepson Serves In The Navy And Is Very Proud Of His Service As We Are Proud Of Him And Everyone Who Serves In Our Armed Forces....This Story Really Worries Me Because It Makes Me Wonder What Else Is Our Government In Washington Not Willing To Pay For That They Should Be. Is Our Service Men And Women Not Going To Be Paid Next ? This Once Great Nation That We Call Home Is In Such Disrepair Right Now.... God Bless Each And Everyone Of You For What You Do...

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USS Abraham Lincoln arrives at Naval Station Norfolk.
Official U.S. Navy file photo.
August 8, 2012
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