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White Paper calls for USN shipbuilding increase

19th January 2017 - 12:53 GMT | by Richard Thomas in London


The US Senate Armed Services Committee has in a new white paper called for an increase in shipbuilding for the US Navy with additional submarines and patrol vessels procured, among other platforms and capabilities.

The recommendations laid out by Senator John McCain, chairman of the committee, include a $640 billion base national defence budget in FY2018, which is $54 billion above current planning. The paper lays out its strategic aims for all branches of the US armed forces over the next five years.

It is suggested that with today’s US Navy fleet standing at 274 ships, the aspiration of the

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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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