An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter, attached to the “Proud Warriors” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 72, lands on the flight deck of the USS Harry S. Truman while transiting the Bab al-Mandeb Strait on Dec. 17, 2019. The Navy had planned to decommission the carrier in 2024, but reversed that decision. GABRIELLE JOYNER/U.S.NAVY
An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter, attached to the “Proud Warriors” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 72, lands on the flight deck of the USS Harry S. Truman while transiting the Bab al-Mandeb Strait on Dec. 17, 2019. The Navy had planned to decommission the carrier in 2024, but reversed that decision. GABRIELLE JOYNER/U.S.NAVY

Navy’s timeline to build 355 ships hastened but feasibility questioned

by Caitlin Doornbos
Stars and Stripes

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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