Navy’s Capacity to Wage War Hindered by Maintenance, Shipyard Problems, GAO Finds

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The U.S. Navy, the bulwark in a potential armed conflict with China, suffers from failures in mission readiness that include maintenance backlogs, decaying shipyards and crew fatigue and shortages, the Government Accountability Office said in a report Tuesday.

The sea service’s readiness suffers to a greater degree than the other service branches, the report concluded.

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