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Arleigh Burke destroyer life extensions accelerate US Navy’s shipbuilding plan

22 March 2019
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The US Navy (USN) plan to extend the lives of its guided-missile Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (DDGs) anchors the service’s efforts to reach its 355-ship-fleet goal decades ahead of initially scheduled.

The USN’s 2020 30-year shipbuilding plan, released on 21 March, includes procurement of 55 battle force ships within the Future Years Defense Program (FYDP).

“Overall [ship] inventory will reach 314 ships by FY [fiscal year] 2024 and 355 ships in FY2034,” the USN shipbuilding plan notes, which is about 20 years sooner than estimated in last year’s USN shipbuilding plan.

The new plan underscores the importance of the Arleigh Burke-class DDG life extension to 45 years.

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