November 15, 2017
Navy Is Still Searching For A Plan To Reach A 355-Ship Fleet
Source: Foreign Policy
Journalist Paul McLeary
n 2016, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump made the idea of building up a 350-ship Navy a cornerstone of his stump speech, complaining that the U.S. military was failing to meet the threat of potential adversaries and was increasingly vulnerable in the face of new generations of ship-killing missiles and stealthy submarines.
Unsurprisingly, just a month after Trump’s election, the Navy released a brand-new plan calling for a 355-ship fleet — a massive leap from the 308 ships it was planning on building by 2021. The new number is now the “minimum force structure” required to keep up with demand, the Navy said in its new assessment.
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