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USN offers three paths forward for future fleet

28th April 2022 - 16:09 GMT | by Harry Lye in London

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The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) transits the Gulf of Alaska as part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group. (Photo: USN)

At the high end, the USN’s plans could deliver a fleet of 367 vessels by 2032; however, the lowest alternative would only provide a fleet of 316 ships and submarines.

The USN has released a long-awaited 30-year shipbuilding plan, detailing three possible alternative pipelines for its future fleet — but only one would deliver the much-discussed 355-ship navy.

In the plan, the USN lays out three alternative procurement profiles over the next 30 years, with the range of options detailing a battle force inventory of 316 vessels on the low end and 367 at the high end by 2052.

Also included in the plan is a middle-of-the-road option that would deliver a fleet of 327 ships and submarines by 2052.

Republican lawmakers have decried the plan, with Representative Mike Gallagher

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Harry Lye is Senior Naval Reporter at Shephard Media.

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