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From USNI News: 30-Year Plan: Navy Puts 355-Ship Cap on Fleet Size; Plans to Introduce Large Combatant, CHAMP Auxiliary Hull

March 21, 2019 | By: Megan Eckstein

March 19 (USNI News) — The Navy’s latest 30-year shipbuilding plan outlines a
path forward that includes less near-term growth in fleet size but reaches and
sustains a 355-ship fleet sooner than last year’s plan.

According to the “Report to Congress on the Annual Long-Range Plan for
Construction of Naval Vessels for Fiscal Year 2020,” the Navy would
decommission its cruisers and mine countermeasures ships sooner, creating more
gradual growth in the overall fleet size in the short term. Due to life
extensions on other ships – primarily destroyers, but also a few Los Angeles-
class attack submarines – the Navy would reach 355 ships in 2034 and then
remain at that exact fleet size through the remainder of the 30-year plan.

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