While the US Navy (USN) has touted ambitious shipbuilding plans to reach a fleet size of 355 ships or more, the service is proposing an estimated 17% cut in ship procurement for fiscal year (FY) 2021, compared with the funding enacted in FY 2020.
The ship procurement request is about USD19.9 billion, or USD4.1 billion less than enacted in FY 2020, according to budget documents released on 10 February by the USN.
The USN said its proposed FY 2021 budget “focuses on a more capable, ready, lethal force” that keeps the proposed Columbia-class strategic-missile submarine shipbuilding plan on track for delivery with the procurement of the first boat, develops and expands the service’s unmanned capacity, and procures eight battle-force ships during the fiscal year.
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