Navy’s timeline to build 355 ships hastened but feasibility questioned
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The acting Secretary of the Navy in December directed the service to reach 355 or more ships — from aircraft carriers to unmanned submersibles — within 10 years, an accelerated timeline that trims two decades off previous plans.
Yet it remains unclear how the Navy could reach that number — or whether it should.
Acting Secretary Thomas Modly’s predecessor, Richard Spencer, in March asked Congress for $31 billion to build 355 ships by 2049, a goal set in the law under the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.
Modly, speaking Dec. 5 at a U.S. Naval Institute defense forum, called out the lack of a strategy to meet those goals while reiterating that a 355-ship Navy “is stated as national policy.”
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