11 Aug '17, 11pm

New SECNAV speaks about a 355-ship Navy and transgender service

The new secretary of the Navy, Richard Spencer, says that the Navy needs more ships and that 355 ships is the right number to target. A week after getting confirmed by Congress, Spencer is in the middle of his first trip to the fleet, where he’s spent time onboard the fast attack submarine John Warner as well as aboard the aircraft carrier Ford watching “steamless” flight operations at sea yesterday. Tomorrow, he’ll visit Marines at Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island in South Carolina. “We need to build more ships,” Spencer told reporters in Norfolk Thursday after returning from the Ford. “Three hundred and fifty five, I think, is a very good goal for us to focus on.” Spencer said the Navy needs to look at every option available to them. “Everything’s on the table, from refurbishing old ships, to looking at internationally designed ships that will be built here in...

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