The future John F. Kennedy CVN 79 under construction at Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding. Photo by John Whalen/Huntington Ingalls
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy needs potentially as much as $150 billion over current budget plans to “jump-start” shipbuilding and get on a trajectory for a 355-ship fleet, the vice chief of naval operations said on Wednesday.
The money would add about 30 ships to the fleet beyond current plans, Adm. Bill Moran said.
The exact size of the future fleet doesn’t matter right now, but rather the Navy just needs to start boosting its investment in shipbuilding quickly – which means buying many more Virginia-class attack submarines, Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and Ford-class aircraft carriers in the next few years, he said.
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WNU Editor: Cough .... cough .... cough. An extra $150 billion to just "jump-start" the building of a 355 ship Navy?!?!?!? This extra money would only add 30 ships .... which means it would cost $5 billion per ship.