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US Warships’ Time at Sea Dwindles on Breakdowns as China Challenge Rises

  • GAO reports trouble as US competes with China’s bigger navy
  • Ten-year trend shows more frequent unplanned parts breakdowns
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US Navy warships have seen fewer days at sea since 2011 because vessels are breaking down more frequently than expected and taking longer to repair, even as the Pentagon struggles to catch up with China’s larger fleet, according to newly disclosed data from congressional analysts.

A review of maintenance, repair and parts replacement for 151 surface warships matched with days underway at sea shows they “faced persistent sustainment challenges that have worsened through 2021,” according to a Government Accountability Office assessment released Tuesday.