Military Capabilities

Pentagon puts US Navy shipbuilding plans under scrutiny

27 February 2020

US Navy (USN) shipbuilding and fleet composition plans are garnering greater Pentagon scrutiny as the US Defense Department tries to balance the nation's expensive and ambitious naval fleet plans with fiscal realities and security needs.

The USN raised Congressional eyebrows earlier this month with a fiscal year 2021 budget proposal that decelerated shipbuilding even as the service still maintained that it would keep its course to increase its fleet size to the 355 ships desired by the Trump administration and mandated by lawmakers.

The USN had been expected to release its 30-year-shipbuilding plan about the same time as the budget proposal.

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