US Navy “barely fit for purpose”


Sky News host Rowan Dean said two Chinese surveillance vessels “prowling” outside Australian territorial waters to spy on Talisman Saber 2021 could have saved themselves the trouble with a report concluding that the US Navy is “at hardly suited to its objective “.

“And the reason? Identity politics, ”he said.

Exercise Talisman Saber is a bilateral training activity between Australia and the United States, with forces from Canada, New Zealand, South Korea and the United Kingdom in 2021.

“A report on the combat culture of the United States Navy Surface Fleet, released this week, was prepared by Retired Naval Lieutenant-General Robert Schmidle and Retired Rear Admiral Mark Montgomery who conducted lengthy interviews with 77 current and retired naval officers under the promise of anonymity. if they spilled the beans, ”Dean said.

“And they most certainly did.

“One of the main issues raised by those interviewed was that today’s Navy leaders spend much more time focusing on diversity and inclusion training than developing the capacity to combat and key operational skills.

“You know what we’ve talked about quite often on this show, the unconscious bias, LGBTIQ training, anti-racism, white privilege, nobody offends nobody else, don’t call women guys, all this garbage. “

Mr Dean, referring to a quote from the report, said a lieutenant currently on active duty should “boost the morale” of the personnel of the Chinese spy ship Tianwangxing.

“Sometimes I think we care more about whether we have enough diversity officers than whether we will survive a fight with the Chinese Navy,” the lieutenant said in the report.


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