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"the ship named after a Boatswain’s Mate First Class looks like that. I am sorry BM1, we tried."

CDR S, I think we have gave up trying a long time ago, and as a SNIPE of old I am sure the plant does not look much better, sad to say the least.

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There’s a case for firing FO’s and SESers responsible for this nonsense. The CNO is case in point, as he cares more about happy talk and DEI than Fleet readiness and maintenance. Absolute disgrace to the uniform.

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😢 Gilday for the 2023 “Admiral Byng” reward

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Amen

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May 23, 2023Liked by CDR Salamander

By comparison the ITS Thaon Di Revel, the HNLS De Zeven Provinzien and the HMCS Fredericton looked pristine.

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Yes, it is about the people and not the ships, it is about leadership and the officer corps, it is about USNA letting down the Nation and our Navy

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Sad looking ship.

No pride, no one cares in the world for a Junker.

The crew the command should be ashamed but they aren't, that is the problem.

Why is the government pushing this decline?

Is the US leaving the world to it's chosen successor China?

Or is it a mindless hate for the US Military that it must be impotent and powerless.

Look to the Troika in charge behind figureheads in the White House.

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Time for fewer ships at sea, so the ones at sea can be fully crewed, and basic maintenance done.

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I know a few Admirals, hell former line-officers down to JG, that would flip their sh*t over that deterioration and it would have been a come to Jesus moment for the crew. Everyone here is having the same reaction. So is there some new paint/coating, Navy 43P-1, or something that keeps ship personnel from being detailed to scraping and painting? This is the CO, this is the Squadron Commander, this goes to the top of the Chain! What is the opposite of crap rolling downhill?

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If the outside looks like that, what does the inside look like?

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Appalling and disheartening as well as embarrassing. Who decided that keeping our ships up doesn't matter but that using the "Right" pronouns and hunting down "White rage" does? This stupidity flows from the very top. I have a nasty suspicion that any CO who actually tried to have his crew keep his ship up to snuff would be disciplined. Needless to say, no ship I ever served in would be allowed to look like this.

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The Beltway admirals don’t care. Where’s the next cocktail party?

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May 23, 2023·edited May 23, 2023Liked by CDR Salamander

Mean while, the HMS Dauntless deployed, on the same day, looking like this:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FwzKfAfXoAAc_lv?format=jpg&name=large

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It's a reflection of the country it represents. And the direction it's going.

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Please, put me in charge for 24 hours…

Every single DEI billet navy wide will be on preservation tiger teams until this shit stops.

Unsat that not a single flag officer has been taken to task and demoted for this.

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The Navy has become what started on the LCS but has infected the entire fleet "We are operators, not maintainers" You never hear needleguns or deck grinders anymore when walking the piers at NOB, unless it is in the hands of a contractor. Not sure how a CO of one of the destroyers on Pier 3 or 4 NOB can walk to work in the morning and be proud of the ship as he walks aboard looking like that. Even worse is the dismal shape of the crusiers sitting on piers 1 and 2. Make you sick.

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