The U.S. Navy Blue Angels’ air show appearances could be in jeopardy in 2020 due to a possible Department of Defense sequestration, according to a Navy document submitted to Congress in early December.
According to Defense News, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer submitted a paper putting the Blue Angels’ 2020 tour at risk if Congress can’t find a deal to avoid cutting the Defense Department’s budget across-the-board by mid-January 2020.
The Blue Angels are scheduled to headline the OC Air Show in Ocean City in 2019 from June 15-16. OC Air Show Director of Public Relations Chris Dirato said currently there is no effect on the 2019 show.
“We’re proceeding as planned with the Blue Angels coming in 2019,” he said.
Dirato said there’s no concern with planning the 2020 OC Air Show no matter who’s on the lineup. If a sequestration does occur, then it will be dealt with.
“There’s no need to even react to it,” he said.
A “mechanical sequestration” could potentially impact multiple show venues throughout the country with canceled shows in 2020, according to Defense News.
The Blue Angels announced its 2020 air show and demonstration schedule Dec. 6. The team is scheduled for 61 demonstrations at 32 locations in 2019 and 56 demonstrations at 29 locations in 2020.
The OC Air Show is not listed for a 2020 appearance, however, appearances at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, NAS Oceana in Virginia and Baltimore are on the schedule.
According to Defense News, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller referenced the Blue Angels’ season twice in recent testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee’s readiness subcommittee. These budget cuts could effect more than the Blue Angels, possibly causing structural changes to the Marine Corps.
The Office of the Secretary of Defense assigned all the services to come up with a 2020 budget that accounts for sequestration and a regular 2020 budget, according to Defense News.
The deadline for Congress to come up with a deal is Jan. 15, 2020, according to Defense News.
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