To deal with the budget cuts of the sequester, the Navy will have to weather some powerfully tough cost-cutting. First came he decision to indefinitely delay the deployment of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group.
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The Navy Navigates the Stormy Seas of Sequestration

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To deal with the budget cuts of the sequester, the Navy will have to weather some powerfully tough cost-cutting.

First came he decision to indefinitely delay the deployment of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group.

This delay affected the Navy's forward presence. But most other cost-cutting plans are designed not to impact forward-operating forces. Most of the cuts are focused on stateside units, without hitting individual Sailors in their paychecks.

The Navy announced the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) was also delayed indefinitely due to a lack of funding.

Like all branches of the military, the Navy has assured service members that these visible budget cuts won't affect naval pay, retirement, or medical coverage. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan also said family programs won't be affected.

If the sequestration budget cuts don't affect your pay or benefits, should "Joe Sailor" care? Yes; one of the effects that will impact sailors as well as other branch members is uncertain deployment schedules.

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens advised Sailors and their families how to look at the effects of the continuing sequestration, with the toughest cuts in the first phase of the plan being cuts in ship ops, flying hours, and maintenance.

The Navy is planning on saving $670 million by making cuts in steaming and flying hours.

The plan cancels all surface ship maintenance periods and aircraft depot maintenance periods for the last six months of the fiscal year 2013.

Cuts will extend to training, travel, purchasing, and base upkeep including cuts for:

  • Any non-mission essential travel;

  • Training events that aren't related to deploying

  • Purchases for furniture and computer servers
    Budgets for repairing runways and upgrading buildings on base.

Most cuts will be happening at the local level.

"There is a ripple effect..." said Rear Adm. John Kirby, Navy chief of information. "If you. cancel shipyard periods...you're going to cancel depot maintenance on aircraft, it will eat into our readiness in future months and future years."

"These might be challenges today, but they are also opportunities for us to learn about ourselves, [and] to learn about each other," said Stevens. "I'm confident that in the end, although we are dealing with these challenges today, we will be, as a result of this, a stronger and better force tomorrow."



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