The Terrible State of Marine Corps Aviation

A damning report on the very low readiness rate in the air wings:

  • 30% of F/A-18 Hornets flyable
  • 29% of CH-53Es
  • The ominous re-emergence of cannibalization as a regular, long-term solution
  • Flight hours far below the minimum needed to maintain currency

Watch the video, listen to who is speaking, and understand that these revelations are not leaks, but were undoubtedly authorized at the highest levels.

When you hear POTUS, SecDef, SecNav, and members of Congress state that they are committed to maintaining military readiness to meet the multiple global threat blah blah blah, understand that they are ignorant of the facts, or lying.

Also, understand the terrible effect the F-35 program has had on actual readiness. We have been trading real readiness¬†for phantom capability. That’s going to hurt us.

Anyone else feeling fundamentally transformed?

About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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One Response to The Terrible State of Marine Corps Aviation

  1. burkemblog says:

    USMC aviation is a fascinating subject–the Army has similar issues in recapitalizing its vehicle fleet after the long wars. marine air typically consumes 75% of the USMC budget, and the ground side takes the proverbial short end of the stick. I wonder how much of this is in part driven by internal USMC priorities and choices. I’ve often wondered if that is fair.

    At the same time, our congressperson, Ann Wagner (R), and our senators, Roy Blunt (R) and Claire McCaskill (D), are proud to announce the recent F-18 buys by the Navy, which helps keep our local Boeing production line going. Perhaps the blame should not rest solely on the executive branch, but those tireless public servants on Capitol Hill who are working day and night to bring home the proverbial bacon to their districts. http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/f18-hornet-fleets-keeping-em-flying-02816/
    As this article points out, and as you posted, the F-35 is always the cause in part or in whole. Sure hope it does everything it’s supposed to!

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