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USN says shipyards, tooling, workforce would have to surge to support 355-ship navy

20 January 2017

Key Points

  • Investing in shipyard facilities, specialised tooling, and a larger skilled workforce are critical for delivering a larger navy
  • A surge in build rates would affect multiple US shipbuilding industry tiers, including infrastructure and technology

The US Navy's (USN's) leadership has highlighted shipyard technology and infrastructure, specialised tooling, and a larger skilled workforce as core areas of focus if industry was required to meet the shipbuilding surge proposed in the navy's 2016 Force Structure Assessment (FSA).

The FSA, released in December last year, stated that a fleet of 355 platforms would meet the navy's requirement for a force level that balances acceptable warfighting risk against available resources.

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