Navy Releases Long-Range Shipbuilding Plan that Drops Emphasis on 355 Ships, Lays Out Fleet Design Priorities

The Navy submitted an update to Congress regarding its annual long-range shipbuilding plans. The plan takes a step back from the much-talked-about standard of a 355-ship fleet and instead lays out priorities for a future distributed naval force of about 321 ships. A fleet of 321 manned ships would be a departure from past modeling, wargaming and analysis that pointed to a fleet of 355 or more manned ships to counter threats from China and Russia in a future fight. The lower number, though, is more in line with current fiscal constraints and industry capacity. CLICK HERE to read more.