The US Senate Appropriations Committee has criticised the USN, saying the service submits budgets to Congress that underfund critical programmes with the expectation that lawmakers would restore the funds.
France stays sanguine on Greek frigate prospects despite stiff competition
Greece is set in Q3 or Q4 this year to choose a foreign shipbuilder to work with its domestic shipbuilding industry on a complex programme to provide new frigates for the Hellenic Navy.
Contenders include Babcock of the UK (offering the Arrowhead 140 design), Dutch shipyard Damen (Sigma 115115HN), Italy-based Fincantieri (Bergamini-class FREMM multi-mission frigate), Lockheed Martin of the US (Multi-Mission Surface Combatant, derived from the Littoral Combat Ship), French shipbuilder Naval Group (Frégate de Défense et d'Intervention — FDI) and Germany-based TKMS (with the MEKO A-200NG/A-300).
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