Mothball the Truman

On 27 February 2019, the U.S. Navy announced its proposal to retire the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-74) early in 2024, rather than proceed with its planned refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH). The last time the Navy retired an aircraft carrier was in 2012, when the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) was decommissioned, inactivated, and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register. The inactivation process resulted the Enterprise being gutted and reduced her to a floating hulk.

After reading Six Frigates by Ian W. Toll, the parallels between the challenges the early Navy faced and the challenges the Navy faces today are striking. Early captains struggled with manning ships and getting the maintenance they the needed before cruises, as the government fought over the high cost of the six capital warships, not unlike today.

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