Federal budget cuts force Navy to cancel bringing ships home for Fleet Week

SAN DIEGO – Federal budget cuts brought on by political disagreements in Washington will force the Navy to cancel bringing ships home to San Diego for the annual Fleet Week, it was reported today.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the annual event will not have home- ported ships move there. Also on the chopping block are port calls for Navy Days in Los Angeles, the Portland Rose Festival, and the Seattle SeaFair, the Navy announced.

The 3rd Fleet, headquartered in San Diego, blamed sequestration and budget cuts.

It cost $259,957 to move the USS Wayne E. Meyer to San Pedro last year, including $128,260 in fuel costs, according to Navy estimates quoted by The Times.

Sending three warships to Seattle and Portland last summer cost the federal treasury more than $1.1 million.

San Francisco’s Fleet Week is in the next fiscal year and may also get bypassed by the Navy.

The Navy has already cut the Blue Angels flight team from air shows at Ventura, San Diego and San Francisco.

17 Responses to "Federal budget cuts force Navy to cancel bringing ships home for Fleet Week"

  1. Bert   April 21, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Never before in history have we had a president so viciously and purposefully deny citizens while he spends lavishly on gala parties and vacations. All the while printing more money than all other presidents combined and then saying it still is not enough.

  2. Me   April 21, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    You got that right Bert.

  3. Robert   April 21, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Agreed Bert as a veteran of the USMC for 30 yrs. I’m appalled at what this president has done or should I say not done! Blue Angels grounded, upcoming 4th of Jul festivities at Ft Bragg canxed, he is pathetic!

  4. FALLBROOK 101   April 21, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    All I have to say is time to contact our federal elected officals, as at this point in time they have done nothing.

  5. Vet   April 21, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Let’s see. Which is a better way for our government to spend our tax money? Spend a few million dollars to help boost pride in our military forces or spend billions of dollars to strengthen groups like Hamas, and the Muslim Brotherhood that promise to destroy America? Pretty easy right? You can always count on this administration to spend our money where it will do the most good to destroy America first.

  6. grunt   April 21, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    And yet we send another $200+million to Syria; maybe if the muslim mosgue requested the ships we would get them.

  7. Just wondering   April 22, 2013 at 6:45 am

    @Bert…agree ! As taxpayers we should demand more…but he’s made this HIS country..not OURS.

  8. A Friendly Villager   April 22, 2013 at 8:13 am

    It is simply a fact of life that our Federal government will need to cut down on unnecessary expenditures and try to reduce our national debt.

    However, further depriving military family children

  9. not worried   April 22, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I am so not concerned with this non issue. I prefer we cut MUCH more from the bloated military budget and stop advertising for the armed services. We should take that wasted money on war machines and put it to better use. our children are falling behind in school, mortality and just about every category except violence and access to guns and crappy jobs.

  10. Carla   April 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I’m in total agreement with #9.

  11. Lee   April 22, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    @ #9 and 10

    Aaaaah, can it be that there are actually sensitive folks here in Fallbrook? I could not agree more with the both of you!

    Cut the military budget by 75% — problem solved. The state of our country can be directly blamed on the heavy spending on our military for the past 30 or so years. THIS now is the result: less and less money for Social Security, less and less money on education, less and less money on social services that are truly needed by our fellow citizens, less and less money on environmental issues, etc.

    When a nation spends a VAST majority of its budget on its military not to mention an illegal war (or is that plural?), then our current state of our nation is now staring us directly in our faces. Welcome to Cowboy Ronnie’s "Star Wars."

  12. Not me   April 22, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Really not worried? Are you that ignorant. Military should NEVER be cut. Lavish parties by our President should be cut or fancy parties for his teenage daughters. He expects all of us to cut our budgets. What about his? He is the most selfish President we have ever had. Ever! Yet we all still put up with it. We don’t even know if he is a US citizen. I buried my dad today and let me tell you at this cemetery alone there were far too many who gave up their lives for our freedom. Lives and limbs have been lost and he wants to take away from these very people who if not for them we would not have our freedoms.

  13. Vet   April 23, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Yes, Not me (comment 12), they are that ignorant. They most likely think military spending is a much bigger piece of the pie than the 18% that it actually is. http://thefalconpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/us-budget-pie-chart.jpg
    They might not even understand what percentage means, so there is no point in trying to explain it to them. They definitely don’t understand the concept that the #1 job of the federal government is to protect the nation. Most everything else should be left up to the States. These same people are under the misimpression that the solution is to just tax the rich under the guise that they aren’t paying their "fair share". http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/tax-the-rich-14-facts-you-may-want-to-consider

  14. grunt   April 23, 2013 at 7:22 am

    @9, 10,11 – Really? cut 75%? the state of the country is directly blamed on the military? Education spending is increasing, the "drop" reported is in the increase of spending – it is nto increasing as fast as some would like. Too many illegals are here to do jobs "Americans won’t do" because of the "safty net" makes it easier to NOT work. Enviromental issues? Without a strong military, our enviroment would be like China’s.

  15. A Friendly Villager   April 23, 2013 at 11:05 am

    It is important for Obama Administration to cut down on unnecessary military spending. However, children in Camp Pendleton and Fallbrook whose parents are on overseas missions should not be deprived of their opportunity to spend quality family time. Not bringing active duty personnel home in order to cut a few hundred thousand dollars is a very short-sighted approach.

    The United States has military personnel deployed overseas in 150 countries.


    American taxpayers are paying for 24,000 American soldiers who are stationed in South Korea, to protect South Koreans from North Koreans. The paychecks of these American soldiers, funded by our national debt, contributes to local economy in South Korea.

    Instead of depriving Camp Pendleton children of their family time with their active-duty parents, Obama Administration should consider asking South Korea to partially reimburse us for our out-of-pocket expenses in helping South Korea to defend itself.

    We have been paying South Korea for imported products made by Samsung, LG, Hyndai, Kia, with our hard-earned U.S. dollars.

    There is no reason why South Korea should not reimburse us for our soldiers exported to South Korea for their security and wellbeing.

    With fair and reasonable reimbursements from South Korean, we will be able to take better care of American children growing up in Camp Pendleton.

  16. grunt   April 23, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    @ friendly villager – nice thoughts, however FYI, South Korea pays just under $700 million a year to the US, about 1/2 of which is cash the rest in services. Also, I beleive that it is in America’s interest to have forces there – forward deployed to protect an ally.

  17. Carla   April 26, 2013 at 12:28 am

    @14 No grunt, how about cutting 95%?…….for starters!


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