(Tribune News Service) — San Diego Navy officials are scrambling to alleviate the shortfall of child care providers for the more than 4,000 military children waiting for spots in its base day care centers, according to Navy Region Southwest officials.
Staffing shortages brought on by the pandemic have impacted a military child care system that was already strained before COVID-19 hit, according to Janet Hooten, the child and youth program manager at Navy Region Southwest in San Diego.
The USS Connecticut (SSN 22)is the second of three nuclear-powered attack Seawolf-class submarines in the U.S. Navy and that makes this submarine class extremely rare and valuable as the Seawolf-class has more displacement and double the number of torpedo tubes (eight vs. four) than the newer Virginia-class nuclear attack submarines. The USS Jimmy Carter (SSN 23) has a 100-foot (30 meter) Multi-Mission Platform hull insert to allow it to conduct special operations missions and is the only one of its kind in the Seawolf-class and in the U.S. Navy submarine fleet.
Naval News inquired about SSN 22’s damage sustained, the estimated cost of repairs, the estimated time to fully repair, the number of contractors involved, and if any other upgrades will be performed on SSN 22 in dry dock.
WASHINGTON — The initial response to the July 2020 fire that destroyed the multibillion-dollar amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard was uncoordinated and hampered by confusion as to which admiral should cobble together Navy and civilian firefighters, according to new information from the then-head of Naval Surface Forces.
The discombobulation in those early hours meant sailors may have missed a small window to contain the fire in a storage area. One admiral who said he lacked authority to issue an order pleaded with the ship’s commanding officer to get back on the ship and fight the fire, when the CO and his crew were waiting on the pier. And when that admiral — now-retired Vice Adm. Rich Brown — found the situation so dire that he called on other another command to intervene, it refused, Brown said in an interview.