Here is the periodic update on the combat fleet size. The Navy claims the fleet is growing and is well on its way to 300+ but what are the actual numbers? Well, previous updates have shown that the combat fleet size is steadily decreasing.
To refresh your memory, the combat fleet is composed of carriers, cruisers, destroyers, frigates, submarines, and amphibious ships (CVN, DDG, CG, FFG, SSN, SSBN, SSGN, LHA, LHD, LPD, and LSD). Vessels like the JHSV, MCM, PC, hospital ships, LCS (we’ll count them if and when they ever get any combat capability), tugs, salvage ships, and ships whose designation starts with “T” or “A” are not counted as part of the combat fleet.
I’ve also deleted the four idled
Ticonderoga class cruisers from the count since they represent a
permanent decrease (they’ll only return to the fleet on a one for one
replacement for a retiring Tico, according to the Navy).
Here are the updated numbers.
You can check the fleet size for yourself at www.nvr.navy.mil .
The combat fleet count continues to decrease and it will only get worse. Two more Ticonderogas will drop out next year. The early Burkes will begin retiring soon and budget pressures will probably preclude replacing them on a one for one basis.
Despite this evidence, the Navy still claims to be on track for a 300+ ship fleet.
I’ll close this post with the same statement I closed the previous Combat Fleet Count update posts:
Compare the Navy’s trend to
ponder the implications for yourself. China
I’ll continue to update this from time to time.