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The Navy reportedly asked Carnival Cruise Line for help with its ongoing aircraft carrier maintenance issues
Navy officials enlisted the help of executives with the Florida-based Carnival Cruise Line, the largest cruise company in the world, to identify solutions for the ongoing maintenance issues that have stranded a majority of the service's aircraft carriers in non-deployable status, Business Insider reports.
Naval Sea Systems Command chief Vice Adm. Tom Moore "a few months back" met with several members of the Carnival Cruise Line team (including retired Vice Adm. William Burke, now the company's chief maritime officer) to discuss "how we have been able to do shipyard maintenance as quickly and effectively as we do," a Carnival spokesman told Business Insider.
A spokesman for Navy Secretary Richard Spencer confirmed to Business Insider that the meeting took place, noting that the secretary "believes the Department of the Navy must make every effort to retain and expand our competitive edge."
"[Spencer] has met or spoken with companies from diverse sectors offering differing perspectives on sustainment, maintenance, supply-chain management, personnel management, and other topics," Spencer spokeswoman Cmdr. Sarah Higgins told Business Insider.
Carnival Freedom, a Conquest-class cruise ship operated by Carnival Cruise Line, docked in Katakolon, Greece on August 21, 2008(Wikimedia Commons/Rapidfire)
This wouldn't be the first time that Spencer cited Carnival in the context of pressing issues facing the Navy. During an interview with the Center for Strategic & International Studies in early December 2018, Spencer detailed the need for the service to conduct freedom of navigation operations in the Arctic in order to potentially assist stranded cruise ships.
"You know, [then-Defense Secretary James Mattis] was just telling me, what keeps you up at night," Spencer said at the time. "One of the things is, can you imagine a Carnival line cruise ship having a problem, and the Russians do the search and – do the extraction?"
Two weeks after Spencer's comments, Carnival announced that the company had raked in roughly $18.9 billion in 2018, a record-breaking year for the largest cruise line in the world and its 105 hulls.
By contrast, seven of the Navy's 11 aircraft carriers are currently unable to deploy due to unexpected problems and ongoing maintenance.
Spencer, who previously staked his job on Ford's consistently-buggy weapons elevators, appeared to concede that it was Carnival would end up rescuing the Navy and not, as he joked last year at the CSIS event, the other way around.
"I have a demand for carriers right now that I can't fulfill," Spencer reportedly said at a Heritage Foundation event this past Wednesday. "Did we sail the bottoms off these ships for the past ten years without doing the appropriate maintenance? The court is coming in saying that's pretty much the case.
"Are we getting after it? Yeah, we're getting after it every way we can."
On a military base, a black flag is bad news. That means it's too hot outside to do anything strenuous, so training and missions are put off until conditions improve.
As the climate changes, there could be plenty more black flag days ahead, especially in Florida, a new analysis from the Union of Concerned Scientists found. America's military bases could see an average of an extra month of dangerously hot days by mid-century. In Florida, they could quadruple.
Pentagon data shows heat-related illnesses and injuries are on the rise in every branch of the military. Last year, nearly 2,800 troops suffered heatstroke or heat exhaustion, a roughly 50 percent jump from 2014.
"I think most of us, if we hear there are tens of thousands of cases of heat stress in our troops every year, our minds would go to where they were deployed," said Kristy Dahl, a senior climate scientist at UCS and the lead author of the study. "But more than 90% of the military cases of heatstroke happened right here at home."
BANGKOK (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea said on Sunday they will postpone upcoming military drills in an effort to bolster a stalled peace push with North Korea, even as Washington denied the move amounted to another concession to Pyongyang.
The drills, known as the Combined Flying Training Event, would have simulated air combat scenarios and involved an undisclosed number of warplanes from both the United States and South Korea.
An opening ceremony will be held Monday on Hawaii island for a military exercise with China that will involve about 100 People's Liberation Army soldiers training alongside U.S. Army counterparts.
This comes after Adm. Phil Davidson, head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, spoke on Veterans Day at Punchbowl cemetery about the "rules-based international order" that followed U.S. victory in the Pacific in World War II, and China's attempts to usurp it.
Those American standards "are even more important today," Davidson said, "as malicious actors like the Communist Party of China seek to redefine the international order through corruption, malign cyber activities, intellectual property theft, restriction of individual liberties, military coercion and the direct attempts to override other nations' sovereignty."
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to "act quickly" to reach a deal with the United States, in a tweet weighing in on North Korea's criticism of his political rival former Vice President Joe Biden.
Trump, who has met Kim three times since 2018 over ending the North's missile and nuclear programs, addressed Kim directly, referring to the one-party state's ruler as "Mr. Chairman".
In his tweet, Trump told Kim, "You should act quickly, get the deal done," and hinted at a further meeting, signing off "See you soon!"
It is impossible to tune out news about the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump now that the hearings have become public. And this means that cable news networks and Congress are happier than pigs in manure: this story will dominate the news for the foreseeable future unless Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt get back together.
But the wall-to-wall coverage of impeachment mania has also created a news desert. To those of you who would rather emigrate to North Korea than watch one more lawmaker grandstand for the cameras, I humbly offer you an oasis of news that has absolutely nothing to do with Washington intrigue.