I recently noted that President Obama’s recent order is forcing our military to focus on climate change in its strategic planning.

This is a latest in a long-string of policies that are clearly full of holes, as shown by the fact that the U.S. Navy’s much-heralded, futuristic stealth destroyer sprung a leak on its maiden voyage.

Navy officials state that this situation is completely normal for new ships:

Crew members have detected a leak on the Zumwalt, the new destroyer built at Bath Iron Works, but the Navy and defense experts say such errors are typical for a first-in-class ship.

The destroyer is docked at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, and local news organizations reported it was scheduled for training at sea. The Zumwalt instead will be delayed in Norfolk for repairs, which are expected to take 10 days to two weeks.

Naval Surface Forces Pacific spokesman John Perkins said crews on the Zumwalt found a seawater leak Monday in a lubrication system for one of the ship’s propeller shafts.

Here is what the new stealth destroyer is actually suppose to do:

I guess this is the U.S. Navy’s new normal, which includes transgender appreciation classes.

…In an all-Navy message published Tuesday, Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke said a three-pronged training approach will equip senior leaders and rank-and-file personnel for the changes.

“This training will emphasize policies and expectations of personal behavior,” the message states.

Beginning Nov. 1, mobile training teams composed of Navy fleet representatives and subject matter expects will be dispatched to deliver face-to-face briefs to senior leaders, including commanding officers, executive officers, command master chiefs, and chiefs of boat.

These sessions will also be open to equal opportunity advisers, ombudsmen and other command-designated representatives who will have a role in training the tenant commands on policies governing transgender troops.

The good news in these developments? The U.S. Navy has been successful against at least one of our foes.

US and allied warplanes have sunk over 100 ISIS boats, destroying 65 of them in September alone, according to the international military coalition.

While Iraq is nearly entirely land-locked, the Tigris and Euphrates rivers that cross that country are navigable, and ISIS has been using watercraft for a variety of purposes, including transporting fighters and conducting improvised explosive attacks.

A robust national strategic policy, however, also needs to include the Chinese and Russian navies. And while President Obama inked climate change diktats, these two naval powers were engaged in a joint drill featuring “island seizing“.

China and Russia kicked off more than a week of naval exercises in the South China Sea that will include an “island seizing” exercise, the Chinese Ministry of National Defense announced on Monday.

A five-ship Russian Navy flotilla arrived at the port of Zhanjiang in southern China on Monday for Joint Sea 2016, an eight-day bilateral exercise to be conducted in the South China Sea the ministry announced.

China issued pictures of the Udoloy-class destroyer Admiral Tributs (564) pulling into port on Monday.

The three Russian surface warships and two supply ships are set to drill with ten People’s Liberation Army Navy ships, “including destroyers, frigates, landing ships, supply ships and submarines,” according to the Chinese statement.

I suspect their naval officers did not worry about either climate change or trangender sensitivities in the midst of these drills.

Earlier this year, Legal Insurrection contributor Jonathon Levin wrote, “Time to Rebuild the Navy.” Shockingly, his learned suggestions did not include climate change or transgender appreciation training.


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