US Defense accelerates production of US Navy units

(To Vasco Monteforte)

The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) of the US Navy pointed out, during a panel discussion at the maritime exposition Sea-Air-Space near Washington, the importance of expanding the US Navy through investments in the industrial base and workforce.

Admiral Lisa Franchetti, highlighting that there are today 88 ships under contract - of which 66 under construction (!) - underlined the need for speed up production.

Gen. Christopher J. Mahoney, vice commandant of the Marine Corps, also insisted on the Navy's crucial role in the readiness and response capability of the Marines, suggesting that the grouped purchase of amphibious ships could save money and attract workers in the sector of shipbuilding.

Both officers shared their observations after visiting several shipyards.

The US Navy aims to expand its fleet to more than 300 naval units by 2053.

The priorities are: availability short term of units and investments in nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines of the class Columbia.

Photo: US DoD