>How Does Economic Downturn Affecting Navies?

>The influential and prestigious Proceedings magazine published by US Naval Institute, asked the commanders of the world’s navies: The global economic downturn is obviously affecting the United States and its Navy. How is it affecting your navy’s maritime strategy, operation, and force structure?

Here are the answers of 3 commanders from this part of the World.

  • Admiral Uğur Yiğit, Commander of Turkish Navy responded:

Turkey, a crucial player in both regional and global economies, has endured the consequences of the recent financial crisis. With looming cuts in resource allocations and unexpected changes in foreign currencies, the Turkish Navy has rigidly monitored its budgetary practices and initiated preventive measures, including expenditure reductions and prioritization of major projects. These measures ensure a minimal impact on both our combat readiness and modernization plans.

With a heavy bias toward operational readiness at all times, the navy strives to maintain a cost-effective sustainable operational tempo. It will surely continue to do so in the days to come, providing maritime security in the nation’s surrounding seas and participating in national as well as NATO and multinational training, exercises, and operations.

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  • Vice Admiral Georgios Karamalikis, Commander of Greek Navy responded:

It is an indisputable fact that economic recessions always affect societies and states in profound ways. As an economy shrinks and social demands multiply, reduced state funding seeks to stimulate activities and services that will once again put the economy back on track. In that context, the Hellenic Navy (HN) has thoroughly re-evaluated its 2010 budget structure by revisiting priorities and reallocating funds in the spirit of minimizing consumer expenditures and thus support vital programs concerning personnel and maintenance.

With the current contracted public spending, the Hellenic Navy has decided not to deviate from its maritime strategy regarding challenges in the national and international domains while maintaining a high level of operational readiness, and continue with all major procurement programs already in progress. At the same time, cost cuts in administrative expenses are in place, while there is a systematic endeavor to reduce maintenance costs by making the best use of its navy yards’ work force and capabilities.

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  • Admiral Igor Tenykh, Commander of Ukranian Navy responded:

At this point, Ukraine does not have ambitions to extend a permanent military presence beyond the Black Sea region. Consequently, our maritime strategy is not so ambitious and does not require a significant amount of national resources. The strategy is mostly directed at typical duties including immediate reaction to and neutralization of any kind of threats from the sea and participation in multinational peace support and stability operations in the Black Sea and Mediterranean regions.

In that respect the Ukrainian Navy leadership took all necessary efforts to maintain the navy’s ability to fulfill its tasks and objectives. Financial resources have been directed to sustain a sufficient level of sea, air, and ground training to support naval readiness. This allowed us to maintain operational capabilities and retain the core strength of the national naval forces.

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