Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ernest R. Scott
The engines on three out of four E-2C Hawkeyes had to be replaced before deploying in January with the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, according to the Virginian-Pilot. The reason for their failure? The wrong oil was used in the engines.
An initial estimate by the Naval Safety Center found that the repair would cost at least $2 million.
“The damage occurred over a period of time and it involved the use of a lubricant not approved or specified for these engines,” Naval Air Force Atlantic spokesman Mike Maus told The Virginian-Pilot. “A thorough investigation is being conducted to determine how and why this procedure was allowed.”
The affected Hawkeye squadron is headquartered at Naval Station Norfolk’s Chambers Field. It’s unclear how exactly the oil caused the damage or when it occurred.
The real question I think everyone wants answered though, is where did the Navy get this mystery lube, and what is it actually approved for…?
WASHINGTON — China is likely developing a long-range bomber capable of delivering nuclear weapons and a space-based early warning system it could use to more quickly respond to an attack, according to a new report from the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency.
President Donald Trump hands a pen to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie during a spending bill signing ceremony at VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Associated Press/Evan Vucci)
The Trump administration wants to shift billions of dollars from government-run veterans' hospitals to private health care providers. That's true even though earlier this year the administration vehemently denied it would privatize any part of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The privatization of essential government services is nothing new, of course. Over the years, countries have privatized dozens of services and activities that were once the sole domain of governments, such as the provision of electricity and water, road operations and prisons and even health care, with the ostensible aim of making them more efficient.
But before going down that road, the question needs to be asked whether privatizing essential human services such as those for military veterans serves the public interest. New research we recently published suggests that privatization may come at a social cost.