Here’s a quick update reminder about the Navy’s near-term shipbuilding plans.
For the five year period 2013-2017 inclusive, the Navy’s shipbuilding plan calls for 41 new vessels of all types. Of the 41, only 19 are combat ships (carriers, subs, destroyers). That’s an average of 3.8 new combat vessels per year. For a 35 year lifespan, that translates to a combat fleet of 133 versus the 185 or so currently. Our combat power is vanishing!
During the same period, the Navy plans to build 16 LCS which, even under the most optimistic wishing, will never be combat vessels. That’s a lot of construction and budget devoted to an extremely marginally useful vessel!
The fleet’s numbers and combat power are shrinking and the current budget issues will only exacerbate the trend.