Navy deployments cancelled due to sequestration cuts
Saturday, March 23rd, 2013
Issue 12, Volume 17.
SAN DIEGO-RIVERSIDE - Two San Diego-based Navy ships' upcoming deployments were cancelled due to sequestration cuts, and another will be forced to return home early, Navy officials said.
Navy officials said Friday that April deployments of the guided-missile frigate USS Rentz, homeported at Naval Base San Diego, and the Los Angeles- class submarine USS Jefferson City, out of Naval Base Point Loma, had been cancelled due to budget limitations, according to the U.S. Pacific Fleet statement.
The crew of the guided-missile frigate USS Thach will cut short its deployment patrolling for drug traffickers and Advertisement
[ Carrington Home Loans ] other illegal activities in the Central American region, and return to Naval Base San Diego next month, Navy officials said.
The 453-foot-long USS Thach and its crew of 220 sailors left its homeport Jan. 8 for the deployment that was initially scheduled for six months.
According to Navy officials, each respective chain had begun to notify the affected sailors of the cancellations. Although the final decision on the cancellations was deferred until the last possible moment, the commands had been previously directed to prepare for that scenario, according to the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Comment #1 | Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 1:39 pm
Good....we spend too much anyway.
Comment #2 | Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 6:22 pm
One of the main reasons we have not a foreign foe on our own land since 1812 is forward presence and determent. We are surrendering the Pacific to the Chinese, who are now pushing two allies, Japan and P.I, soon we will be in pre-WW2 posture, with another raising Asian power, the question then will be, can we build up like we did against Japan?
Comment #3 | Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 8:43 pm
If your not happy, next election vote your elected offical out of DC office as so far they have closed the air tower at Ramona as they feel its not needed with fire season upon us and now they feel we dont need Naval deployments but yet send BILLION`s of dollars of our money to aid countries who hate us and give nothing in return.
Comment #4 | Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 9:55 pm
The U.S. continues to feed, clothe, educate, and provide medical for illegals from all over the world, but, have to cancel military deployments? Our goverment has it's priorties so bassackwards it's no wonder this country is in the shape it is. And from my view, it's going to get alot worse. Our military should be able to stand strong and be void of any type of financial cuts. Are any of our Congress that makes these decisions taking any pay cuts??? H... no, they are fat, spoiled and untouchable, it seems. I don't have much political knowledge, but I do know we are on a one-way road headed for a disaster and no one to help us when we get there!
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Comment #5 | Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 11:02 pm
This whole sequester deal reminds me of when California was furloughing park service employees. I was camping in the state parks and noticed that some days there were only volunteers there working their butts off without any paid employees in sight. Then other days there would be five paid guys there drinking coffee and complaining about the cuts while the volunteers were still expected to do all the work. Then they had the nerve to put signs on the bathrooms to "explaining" that they weren't being kept clean due to budget cuts. The lesson here is that Government will never cut the wasteful programs, they will always cut the stuff that is high profile so that the public will agree to more taxes. I'll listen to their arguments for higher taxes only after they cut out all of Obama's vacations.
Comment #6 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 7:38 am
And who is to blame for the mess we are in?
Where exactly did our Government get its backwards authority from in the first place?
Comment #7 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 1:32 pm
Preston, you hit the nail on the head. This is precisely why we all need to pressure everyone to vote, who has the right. Sadly, too many people who SHOULD BE VOTING, don't. Too many criminals still have the right to vote. That's part of the reason we are in such as mess. Politicians get kickbacks all the time from mobsters, criminals, and any dirtbag who bribes them. Criminals have politicians on their payroll. Along with law enforcement. Too many corrupt individuals who make and enforce the law are dragging this country down the drain. Faster than a speeding bullet-the U.S. is becoming the next "third world country." Any fool can see that coming. I saw it coming a good 8-10 years ago. I kept writing letters to our Congressmen urging them to give tax breaks to the businesses who were still employing citizens in the U.S. Wealthy corporations and big businesses continue to get huge tax breaks for cutting American jobs. The government rewards them for paying people peanuts in places like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India. Now the economies in those countries are better than ever. Now the U.S. is going down the drain. Can you tell us Preston, what you have learned to be an effective tool for educating the public and the politicians? You seem like a smart man, who is frustrated as much as I am. Thank you.
Comment #8 | Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 8:01 am
We have evolved from a United Patriotic People to a totally apathetic dysfunctional society that would rather fight over trivial matters than work on important issues to protect our future. We are living in a world were short of total ruin, war is unwinnable and our Enemy (that wants what we have) is now living amongst us. We ignore our Constitution (despite the warnings of the founding fathers) and have allowed our embarrassingly corrupt Government Officials to achieve the elite status of total supremacy. Our national debt has reached a level we may not be able to repay and yet the average American I know is simply hoping things will get better. You ask, how do we educate the public? Unfortunately, I believe the average American is going to have to reach the point where the hope they have is replaced with a fear so great that hunger is a mere inconvenience.
Comment #9 | Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 10:12 pm
Preston, you said it better than I can; the "average" American now is race/gender/sexuality/class oriented. As the number of Americans on government payroll (working and not) grows, the words of JFK "ask NOT what your country..." have been perverted to "ask WHAT can the country do for me". As long as people can vote themselves money - by voting for those that give to them - we will be in a worsening situation. Look at Greece, look at Cyrus,
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Comment #10 | Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 11:11 am
To ya'll, aah folks, I hate to break up the party . . . but the real elephant in the room IS our military which is draining and draining this nation financially. "Grunt" #9, you hit the nail on its head: "As long as people can vote themselves money -- bu voting for those that give to them -- we will be in a worsening situation."
You have just described our enormous military-industrial complex that Ike warned us about on his last day of his presidency. And now his words are coming to fruition. When soldiers/military brass/non-wounded vets are making GOOD and unrealistically amounts of money -- please let us not kid ourselves -- and are getting perks that EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD have such as universal health insurance and guaranteed pensions, etc., but the rest of society unfairly is not, then why are you and I surprised that our country is in the state that it is? Sure Wall Street is corrupt.
But the real elephant that is dragging this nation down . . . is our military-industrial complex.
PS. Oh by the way, how many of you are enjoying your military pensions . . . and would be willing to do your patriotic duty to change them to good ol' 401Ks like everybody else has? Heck, it's the patriotic thing to do, isn't it, . . . considering we are in such a bad financial crisis? You are, after all, . . . GOOD patriots, aren't you?
Comment #11 | Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 11:13 am
PS. Remember Cowboy Ronnie and the $600 toilet seats?
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Comment #12 | Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 11:48 am
@Preston#8 You have answered the questions you asked me, and stated those answers better than I ever could. Well said Sir!
Comment #13 | Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 3:27 pm
Preston, the voters are to blame of course. When a senator is exposed for having his pants down and voting to rebuild a bridge that doesn't need rebuilding and he is the ceo of the corp. rebuilding it the voters will reelect him. Until the American people are punched in the nose with enough force to knock them down they will not stand together to change what is going on in the d.c.( Which is not part of the united states.) And when the money that runs this country is printed out of thin air and loaned to us with debt that we can't afford we all get punched in the nose except for the federal reserve. Which by the way is not a branch of our goverment. And there in lies the problem.
Comment #14 | Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 8:12 pm
Lee, have you ever served a day in your life running towards the bombs and bullets to take the fight to the enemy in defense of the freedoms we all enjoy? You would be a poverty stricken slave to the Nazi or Communist Party and speaking German, Russian, or Japanese right now if it weren't for our honorable veterans and the departments and civilians that support them across the globe.
Let me sum it up for you: there is no "perk", pension, medical coverage for service connected injuries, pay or other benefit that will ever make up for coming back from war missing arms, legs, eyes, lungs, kidneys, shell shocked, and have given the best 20 or more years of thier lives in the case of career military personnel. This is in NO WAY an elephant that is dragging our nation down!!
HOW DARE YOU, SIR, suggest that this is the downfall of our great nation!
And to state that it is unfair that the rest of society does not receive these same benefits that our veterans EARN is indicative of a selfish sense of entitlement. Your claim in that regard equates or suggests that a smart arsed, pot smoking, lazy delinquent living in their parents basement should receive the pay, allowances, educational and medical benefits as a combat experienced military solider or Marine that has not even seen their family but two or three months out of years of deployments. Are you telling all of us here that the sacrifices made by that military member are of no consequence, that a delinquent skateboarding pothead deserves the same as the soldier, Marine, Airman, or Sailor? Is that what you are saying? Are you saying that these military heros that are sacraficing life and limb are what is wrong with our country? Are you?
PLEASE GIVE US HARD NUMBERS IN DOLLARS on how much is spent on this "so called military industrial complex", as compared to all of the entitlement programs and the rest of the US budget. Don't just say its draining this nation financially, show us the numbers. PROVE IT. I don't think you can. Your tired senseless arguments are a product of low-information, factless, self entitlement brainwashing. While you have the absolute right to your opinion and to express it, you also have the right to know that I think its an absolutely disgusting, abhorrent, unappreciative, uninformed, corrupt, and disrespectful opinion. I have not been more offended by the blatant contempt of our military forces by someone who obviously has never served, and obviously has no sense of appreciation for the protection of thier freedoms by those very forces. How ignorant do useful idiots have to be to perpetuate these kinds of insulting views?
Comment #15 | Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 9:33 am
@Reality Checker Well spoken and thank you for your support of those who protect everybody's right in this Nation to put their foot in their mouth.
Comment #16 | Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 1:13 pm
I spent 23 years serving the "military-industrial complex". 13 of those 23 years, away from my family, serving in far away places and letting strange people shoot at me.
The first 10 years, the "massive" pay check I rec'd allowed my family to apply for food stamps. The universal health care you talk about is for the ACTIVE Duty member. That's the deal that's made... I get shot or sick, and you promise to take care of me. Now that I'm retired, I pay for my own healthcare. There are no free lunches.
Sorry, Lee. Your complaint doesn't wash. Go spend a day with a junior Marine and see if he gets paid enough to do what he does. It think you'd be suprised.
Comment #17 | Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 8:01 pm
Pay no attention to Lee, Dann. He appears to live in a parallel universe. I'm not sure if he is a conspiracy theorist or if he just watches way too much Sci Fi channel. The majority of us, Democrat or Republican, appreciate your service and all the sacrifices you have made. Thank you for protecting his right to say really stupid stuff.
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Comment #18 | Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 7:54 am
I hope we can all agree that we are proud of our Military and the fact that it has kept us safe -- We owe tremendous gratitude to those that have served for everything we have today. But, when is the last time we actually won a war? We are still going at it the same old way and frankly, the world is more dangerous and our freedom less secure. How many young men and women have been lost fighting in these ungrateful Countries? I believe we need to spend our money more wisely, bring our troops home, secure our borders, enforce our National Laws and quietly let the world know we do not intend to tolerate threats or acts of aggression of any kind. Fully explain the the severe consequences that will follow (from the air) and then keep our word on the threat because the road we are on now is a dead end. The sad truth is we will never be safe from the escalating terrorism in the world and the sooner we change our method of protecting ourselves the better.