H.A.S.C. No. 115-57: Navy Readiness: Underlying Problems Associated with the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain, Joint Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Readiness, Meeting Jointly with Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces of the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, September 7, 2017 [open pdf - 3MB]
This is the September 7, 2017 joint hearing titled "Navy Readiness: Underlying Problems Associated with the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain," held before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Readiness, Meeting Jointly with Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces of the Committee on Armed Services. From the opening statement of Joe Wilson: "As we begin today's unclassified hearing on 'Navy Readiness--Underlying Problems Associated with the USS 'Fitzgerald' and the USS 'John S. McCain',' I have no doubt that our Navy remains the most powerful in the world. But these recent tragic events only reinforce our committee's concerns about the depth of readiness challenges the Navy faces. I am especially concerned about the shortfalls in the force structure, and whether the sustained operational tempo of a reduced 277-ship Navy may have contributed to these events. I also believe that the first responsibility of the national government is to provide for the national security for our citizens to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. And that is especially true of our sailors, soldiers, airmen, and Marines. Therefore, it is our responsibility as members of this subcommittee to continue to better understand the readiness situation and underlying problems of the United States Navy, and then for us to chart a course which best assists the Department of the Navy in correcting any deficiencies and shortfalls." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: William F. Moran and John H. Pendleton.
H.A.S.C. No. 115-57; House Armed Services Committee No. 115-57
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