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New in 2017: Navy cruisers may get a champion in the White House

Years of pressure to shrink the size of the Navy's cruiser force may end in 2017. President-elect Donald Trump pledged in September to modernize a "significant portion" of the fleet's 22 cruisers in pursuit of his 350-ship Navy goal. “We will start by modernizing our cruisers to provide the ballistic missile defense capability our nation needs. This will cost around $220 million per modernization [in 2010 dollars] as we seek to modernize a significant portion of these 22 ships," Trump told a crowd in Philadelphia in September. It was an oddly specific proposal for a candidate who dealt mostly with generalities on the campaign trail and it almost certainly came from former Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., who was an adviser to Trump on defense matters. But for the Navy it will mean having its best blue water ships in the fleet at a time when fighting on the open ocean is coming ba...

Full article: https://www.navytimes.com/articles/new-in-2017-navy-cruis...

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