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Who is a more dangerous enemy to the US Navy than Russia and China?

The problem affects all ships, regardless of which country they are from.

The Pentagon calls China its main challenge, and Russia a huge threat to world order. However, its Naval Forces (Navy) faced perhaps an even more powerful and insidious enemy operating against the Navy from within. This is the rust, the Washington Times noted on August 21.

The US Navy is waging a never-ending battle with hideous red-brown stains on ships where steel, oxygen, and seawater meet destructively. The Navy spends millions of man-hours and billions of dollars fighting corrosion, but there are concerns that rust is winning that war.

The chief admiral of the Navy recognized the importance of combating rust – both from a military and aesthetic point of view.

“Looks matter. We have to look great,” Adm. Mike Gilday, the chief of staff, said in April at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. “We are the best Navy in the world (and) we have to look right such.”

The Pentagon calls China its main challenge, and Russia a huge threat to world order. However, its Naval Forces (Navy) faced perhaps an even more powerful and insidious enemy operating against the Navy from within. This is the rust, the Washington Times noted on August 21.

The US Navy is waging a never-ending battle with hideous red-brown stains on ships where steel, oxygen, and seawater meet destructively. The Navy spends millions of man-hours and billions of dollars fighting corrosion, but there are concerns that rust is winning that war.

The chief admiral of the Navy recognized the importance of combating rust – both from a military and aesthetic point of view.

“Looks matter. We have to look great,” Adm. Mike Gilday, the chief of staff, said in April at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. “We are the best Navy in the world (and) we have to look right such.”

A rust-eaten destroyer or supply ship is a repulsive sight, but the problem is not just cosmetic. If the rust is not cleaned, it can seriously damage the ship’s hull, the Washington Times explains.

In December 2021, experts pointed out why one of the three American destroyers of the DDG-1000 class, the Zumwalt, had become covered with rust. A photo shows that some of the radio-absorbing tiles on the sides are heavily discolored, and there are streaks of rust on the hull, the Russian publication “Izvestia” reminded on August 22, a publication in the American publication “Drive”.

A US Navy spokesman said the rust was caused by the “harsh conditions” during the ship’s trials.

Driven by the desire to make the Zumwalt the cruiser of the 21st century, which would guarantee their naval supremacy in the ocean, the US allocated 9 billion dollars to the program, and the cost of this particular ship when it was commissioned in 2016 was 4.4 billion, adds “Izvestia”.

The US Navy currently has 11 aircraft carriers – 10 of the Nimitz class and the newest, the Gerald Ford. At the same time, 5 of the top ten are under permanent repair, according to the Russian military expert Sergey Belousov, quoted on August 23 by “Gazeta”.

Gerald Ford, worth $13 billion, entered the fleet in 2017, but its trials have not yet ended, and the mechanisms delivering ammunition to the deck are not working. By 2024, it is planned to build two more aircraft carriers of the same class, but by then “Gerald Ford” will already be covered with rust, the observer believes.

All ships rust, regardless of which country they are from. Rust does not affect the combat ability or conspicuity of the vessels, but over time it destroys their construction. Constant care and maintenance of order are necessary, Admiral Vladimir Komoedov, former commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, commented to the same newspaper.

Anti-corrosion costs in the Soviet and Russian navies were never “critical”. It shouldn’t be spent a lot of money, but it shouldn’t be forgotten about this problem either, he says. According to the military, the USSR and Russia have always stuck to the “golden mean” here, unlike the Americans, who “throw from one extreme to the other.” “At first, relatively speaking, they sanded every scratch. Now, on the contrary, they think that it is simply not worth dealing with the topic,” the Russian admiral claims.

Rust on ships is a worrying symptom for any fleet. It shows either a lack of proper funding or a lack of discipline and complete laxity, which leads to a loss of combat readiness, Fr. h. captain first rank Vasily Daikin.

In this regard, he recalls the cuts from the early 1990s, when the Russian Navy was “cut to pieces” and the ships “rusted without moving” in the bases. “Fortunately, the situation has changed,” which is evident “not only in naval parades but also in long-distance voyages” of Russian warships in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the specialist adds.

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