With the passing of the torch from one president to another, it’s understandable that there are going to be some pretty big changes coming down the pipes. Many changes are already underway, but there is one change that is even bigger than Donald Trump himself bragged about making in his speeches.
It may surprise you just where this change is coming from, because in the last eight years this is an area that has seen little growth and some would argue even became stagnant and weakened.
The U.S. Navy is proposing change in the number of ships to be built in the next thirty years. Yahoo reports: With President-elect Donald Trump demanding more ships, the Navy is proposing the biggest shipbuilding boom since the end of the Cold War to meet threats from a resurgent Russia and saber-rattling China.
The Navy’s 355-ship proposal released last month is even larger than what the Republican Trump had promoted on the campaign trail, providing a potential boost to shipyards that have struggled because budget caps that have limited money funding for ships.
Of course, funding will have to be calculated. And it will take about another $5 billion per year to fulfill the Navy’s 355-ship proposal. So what type of vessels will make up this new 355-ship fleet?
Yahoo continues: The Navy’s revised Force Structure Assessment calls for adding another 47 ships including an aircraft carrier built in Virginia, 16 large surface warships built in Maine and Mississippi, and 18 attack submarines built in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Virginia. It also calls for more amphibious assault ships, expeditionary transfer docks and support ships.
Everyone knows that Obama has weakened America’s military, so it will be a good thing to build it back up and building Navy ships is a good place to start. Especially because countries like China and Russia have been building up their navies while ours has been deteriorating.