Obama plan would reduce the Navy’s 313 ships to 240
Data Figure: U.S. Navy aircraft carrier battle groups, according to some U.S. Navy ships
Times January 10, 2010 reported that the administration quietly set before adjustment of the U.S. Navy to build a fleet of at least 300 ships target, it reduced to 240.
in January 2010 for members of the information briefing, U.S. Navy Association, said Blanche, Obama’s campaign in 2008 to respond to a campaign rally on the fleet size of the Navy Association The question that the current force structure is sufficient to support the U.S. Navy task. At that time the U.S. Navy has 283 ships.
Blanche wrote that the First World War every U.S. president made it clear that the Navy has more than 300 ships in order to maintain peace, protect the U.S. coastline to maintain U.S. global interests, the current government needs to come out to clarify They are supporting this important issue.
Navy Association urged its members to urge their representatives in Congress to support the establishment of a larger fleet, the Department of the Navy, now is the time to budget and other supplementary materials and to submit together with the report, including the introduction in February 2010 “Quadrennial Defense Review.” Last year, there have been precedents, Congress did not veto.
order to maintain the navy has at least 300 ships, the United States must build at least a year of investment and 11-12 ships, about $ 27 billion, Blanche wrote. However, the 2010 fiscal year, the government only submitted a $ 14.7 billion budget. Priority of this government’s budget is very problematic.
in fiscal year 2011 budget before the introduction, in addition to Blanche, and many people expressed concern about the matter, some observers fear that the government not only to reduce the current shipbuilding plan, may also reduce future ships and aircraft procurement plans.
Navy officials said the official goal is still 313 ships. Naval Operations Adm. Mike Mullen before the beginning of 2006 raised the target, and late in the year to Congress, said he hoped the Navy in fiscal year 2012 to achieve this goal. Mike Mullen’s successor, Admiral Gary Roughead said he thinks 313 ships is the bottom line, ultimately the number of ships should be more than this.
2009 year, when the Navy announced fiscal year 2010 budget request, Major Black said, including 313 ships of all matters, including the target must be subordinated to the Pentagon’s Quadrennial Defense Review and other studies made in the changes. Although the law requires the U.S. Navy and the budget submitted with the next 30 years naval ships and aircraft construction program, but they did not submit.
Since then, Musharraf has repeatedly stated its Hyde on 313 or more ships of the claim. As of January 7, 2010, the Navy announced its official number of 287 ships. (China Shipping Information Center Liu Zhenghua)