Under President Donald Trump, the United States Navy looks to increase its fleet to 355 ships. Besides needing to have the budget to do this, the Navy will have to grow the industrial base that it depends upon. There are just so many skills and a finite amount of facilities that are based on current ship building and maintenance facilities available. The problems are complicated but solvable. Read on.
As Written by Kristina Wong for Breitbart:
WASHINGTON – Navy officials are looking into how to boost industrial capacity to build more ships as the service looks to increase its fleet from 274 ships to 355 over the next 30 years.
“There’s efforts ongoing right now to see what we can do to ramp up in the industrial base where we can and start moving quickly to that 355 number for platforms that we know we’re going to need,” said Rear Adm. Jesse Wilson, Jr., director of the Navy’s Assessment Division at a recent congressional hearing on what the future Navy should look like.
The Navy released plans in December to grow the fleet to 355, and President Trump has called for a 350-fleet Navy, but executing the plan requires overcoming the challenge to the shipbuilding industry’s capacity to handle the additional growth.
Bryan Clark, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, said at the hearing held by House Armed Services subcommittee on seapower and projection forces, that there would have to be some investments in shipyards to enable them to further increase production, particularly in Connecticut.
“They’re largely going to be maxed out in terms of their near-term industrial capacity with….
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