The Navy never reaches its 355-ship fleet goal in the 30-year shipbuilding plan recently sent to Congress, leaving naval analysts and others disappointed in the service achieving its inventory objective.
House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee Chairman Rob Wittman (R-VA) told Inside the Navy Feb. 15 the 30-year shipbuilding plan does not “get to where we have been emphatic about where the nation needs to be.”
Congress sent a strong message to the Navy and American people in the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act requiring the service to grow to 355 vessels, he said. The new shipbuilding plan reaches 355 ships in the 2050s, according to text included in the plan. An accompanying chart shows ship purchases ending in 2048.
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Source: Lee Hudson | Inside Defense