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USN says it needs Virginia option sooner rather than later

12th March 2020 - 14:30 GMT | by Richard Thomas in London


Following the best part of two weeks of testimony on the USN’s plans as part of the FY2021 Presidential Budget Request, civilian and military officials charged with making the naval case will pause as Congress debates on its findings.

Orders for warships, support vessels and submarines are, if the FY2021 request goes through, all lower than was originally intended as the navy looks to prioritise readiness and sustainment of its current fleet. The request for ship procurement is $4 billion lower than the funds enacted in the previous year.

According to the USN's 2016 Navy Force Structure Assessment, the service

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Richard Thomas


Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas is the Senior Editor, Naval at Shephard Media. Richard joined the company in …

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