Military Capabilities

USN sees potentially different make-up of 355-ship fleet

08 August 2018

While federal law has now set the desired US Navy (USN) fleet size at 355 ships in the coming decades, there could be notable differences in the composition of that force compared with what is deployed today, USN Secretary Richard Spencer has said.

There could even be a great many more ships than 355 with some of the potential vessel types on the horizon, he said on 7 August during a media briefing at the Pentagon.

“I agree 355 is a reasonable number,” Spencer said. “But you should not expect me as the secretary of the navy in 2018 to tell you what that 355 looks like [in future years].”

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