Watchdog sounds another alarm about the sorry state of Navy depots

A government watchdog report released this week is the latest to sound warnings about the dire state of the Navy?s aviation maintenance facilities and public shipyards. The Government Accountability Office probe looked at 21 depots across the military and found the condition of most of the facilities to be ?poor and the age of equipment is generally past its useful life.? GAO graded the condition of 12 of the 21 military depots as ?poor.? Fifteen featured equipment that had exceeded its expected service life.


Bullet?s bold blueprint to save Navy aviation

It?s not every day that the man in charge of Navy aviation gets to meet a ?Frankenfighter,? but that happened on Sept. 17 at Fleet Readiness Center Southwest.

Two decades ago, the depot on Naval Air Station North Island near San Diego likely would?ve scrapped a heavily damaged Hornet strike fighter already past its prime, but an ongoing readiness crisis in carrier aviation changed all that.

Mechanics decided to try to salvage the mess by stitching two crumpled planes together and cannibalizing parts from a jigsaw puzzle of other junked jets.