Military Capabilities

USN to conduct new force structure assessment

08 March 2018

With a bigger fleet, an updated long-term shipbuilding plan, and revamped US and defence security plans under its keel, the US Navy (USN) is looking to carry out a new force structure assessment (FSA) that will more specifically spell out the types and numbers needed to fulfil the fleet’s missions.

The most recent FSA was completed at the end of 2016. “It’s only a year-a-half old,” Admiral John Richardson, chief of naval operations, told media following fiscal year 2019 budget proposal testimony before the House Appropriations Committee on 7 March. “It’s not on papyrus.”

However, he noted, with the new administration, there had been a fleet increase to 355 ships as well as a new security focus for the country and the Pentagon.

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