12 Feb '18, 11pm

Navy Buys Lots More Fighters; Ships Up Slightly But 355 Not In Sight

Navy Buys Lots More Fighters; Ships Up Slightly But 355 Not In Sight

PENTAGON: The U.S. Navy’s budget is growing by over $12 billion in 2019, and more ships are on their way – but not enough to get to the hoped-for 355-ship fleet any time before the 2050s. In unveiling its $194.1 billion budget for the 2019 fiscal year on Monday, Navy officials highlighted the increase in research & development and operations & maintenance budgets, and the continued movement in the Ford -class carrier and Columbia -class submarine. At the same time the service quietly acknowledged that it wouldn’t reach 355 ships for more than 30 years, taking a steady-as-she-goes approach to a plan that was loudly endorsed by then-candidate Trump on the campaign trail in 2016 and President Trump has reiterated. In fact, the biggest percentage increase in Navy procurement came not in ships, but in planes. The 2019 budget asks for more than twice as many Navy F-35Cs — albeit...

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