Navy: Lincoln Refueling Delayed because of funding, yet pays $16 bucks a gallon


During the hearing with Panetta last week, I was ready to jump out of my chair as I watched the ignorance regarding the statement by Panetta that he cancelled the deployment of the Navy Carrier USS Truman because of budget concerns, no doubt, because of the GOP. Wink Wink. Now we learn we cannot fuel the USS Lincoln. So the truth of the matter is they can’t find biofuel and the Navy has wasted so much money going green. Of course delaying the retrofit of the ship should put more pressure on the GOP so the plan goes. I was waiting, waiting waiting for someone to ask about this idiotic behavior. Better yet would have been to question the Charmian of the Armed Services. So here we go, first the back story.

Navy buys biofuel for $16 a gallon

This is going to help the Defense Department weather looming budget cuts, for sure. Teaming up with the Department of Agriculture (which has a cheery Rotary Club ring to it), the Navy has purchased 450,000 gallons of biofuel for about $16 a gallon, or about 4 times the price of its standard marine fuel, JP-5, which has been going for under $4 a gallon.The why and more at Hot Air 

U.S. Navy going Green

By 2020, the Navy must learn to get at least 50 percent of energy from alternative sources, and 50 percent of the military vessels will have to try hard to zero out- that is to spend no more energy than they can produce. In other words, the sailors themselves have expressed doubts as to how efficient the vessels will be after the replacement of traditional fuels with alternative ones

The U.S. Navy will delay the refueling of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) for an unknown period because of the uncertain fiscal environment due to the ongoing legislative struggle, the service told Congress in a Friday message obtained by USNI News.

Lincoln was scheduled to be moved to Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipyard later this month to begin the 4-year refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of the ship.

“This delay is due to uncertainty in the Fiscal Year 2013 appropriations bill, both in the timing and funding level available for the first full year of the contract,” the message said.
“CVN-72 will remain at Norfolk Naval Base where the ships force personnel will continue to conduct routine maintenance until sufficient funding is received for the initial execution of the RCOH.”

The move by the navy is the second this week involving funding for carriers. On Wednesday it announced it would delay the deployment of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) to the Middle East do to the ongoing budget strife bringing the total number of carriers in U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) to one until funding normalizes. Ful story USNI

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6 Responses to “Navy: Lincoln Refueling Delayed because of funding, yet pays $16 bucks a gallon”

  1. YET ANOTHER ABUSE OF POWER « Citizen Tom Says:

    [...] The U.S. Navy will delay the refueling of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) for an unknown period because of the uncertain fiscal environment due to the ongoing legislative struggle, the service told Congress in a Friday message obtained by USNI News. (continued here) [...]

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  2. nooneofanyimport Says:

    Reblogged this on NoOneOfAnyImport and commented:
    Some more Navy news, and a good point about how “the sky is falling!” regarding military cuts are hard to take seriously. Hello, can we just stop using expensive biofuel first?

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    • Bunkerville Says:

      I am with you. I bought a steak last night and the price was through the roof. Last beef for me for some good time.

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  3. Conservatives on Fire Says:

    What a bunch of hog wash. The military budget is not being cut. It just won’t grow as fast as was planned. This is all about Obama’s strategy to let the Republicans put more spending back in the military in exchanged for more taxes on the rich.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Yes, I wish I had been clear about this point. But the waste is just enormous.I had read elsewhere that they were having big time trouble even finding the biofuel.

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      • Asylum Watch Says:

        Gawd I hate politicians!

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