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Navy plans for 350 ships

Postby Peter1469 » Fri Dec 16, 2016 6:17 pm

Navy plans for 350 ships

With the Trump win, the Navy is proposing a 350 ship Navy. The current strength is 272 ships. Obama was aiming for 308 Ships.

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The U.S. Navy says it needs as many as 355 ships, up from the current goal of 308, echoing a goal that President-elect Donald Trump set in his campaign.

The “Force Structure Assessment” being released on Friday calls for expanding the Navy from its current fleet of 272 over the next 30 years. That could mean increased sales for General Dynamics Corp. and Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc., the nation’s primary makers of combat vessels, as well as Lockheed Martin Corp., with its Aegis combat system, and Raytheon Co., which makes electronic combat systems and the new Air and Missile Defense Radar.

During the presidential campaign, Trump called for a 350-ship Navy. Now, the Navy has done essentially the same, rebuffing a blunt warning a year ago from Ash Carter, President Barack Obama’s defense secretary, to emphasize quality over quantity.

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Re: Navy plans for 350 ships

Postby Archer » Sat Dec 17, 2016 7:08 am

Well until we can keep China from just taking our stuff we better put it on HOLD!

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Re: Navy plans for 350 ships

Postby Peter1469 » Sat Dec 17, 2016 10:18 am

We need to add an explosive package to our underwater drones.

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Re: Navy plans for 350 ships

Postby Archer » Sat Dec 17, 2016 1:20 pm

Not one that is activated remotely! We need one that will automatically go off.

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Re: Navy plans for 350 ships

Postby Peter1469 » Sat Dec 17, 2016 2:38 pm

I am sure the R&D guys can make that happen.

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Re: Navy plans for 350 ships

Postby Don » Sun Dec 18, 2016 1:16 am

I hope we haven't forgotten how to build ships fast if we ever need too.

Beginning of WWII we had 352 ships
17 battleships (+15 under construction): 1 Arkansas (1912), 2 New York class (1914), 2 Nevada class (1916), 2 Pennsylvania class (1916), 3 New Mexico class (1917-1919), 2 California class (1920-1921), 3 Colorado class (1921-1923), 2 North Carolina class (1941)
7 aircraft carriers (+11 under construction): 2 Lexington class (1927), 1 Ranger (1933), 3 Yorktown class (1937-1941), 1 Wasp (1941)
18 heavy cruisers (+8 Baltimore class under construction): 2 Pensacola class (1929-1930), 6 Northampton class (1929-1930), 2 Indianapolis class (1932-1933), 7 Astoria class (1934-1937), 1 Wichita (1939)
19 light cruisers (+32 Cleveland class under construction): 10 Omaha class, 7 Brooklyn class, 2 Helena class
6 anti-aircraft cruisers (4 in service, 2 nearly ready)
171 destroyers (+188 Benson, Livermore and Fletcher class under construction): 1 Allen (1917), 71 Flush-Deckers (1918-1922), 8 Farragut class (1934-1935), 12 Mahan class (1936-1937), 8 Porter class (1936-1937), 5 Somers class (1938-1939), 2 Dunlop class (1938), 19 Gridley class (1938-1940), 38 Benson and Livermore class (1940-1941)
114 submarines (+79 Gato class under construction): 8 ‘O’ class (1918), 19 ‘R’ class (1918-1919), 38 ‘S’ class (1919-1924), 3 Barracuda class (1924-1925), 1 Argonaut minelayer (1928), 2 Nautilus class (1930), 1 Dolphin (1932), 2 Cachalot class (1934), 10 ‘P’ class (1935-1937), 16 ‘new S’ class (1937-1939), 12 ‘T’ class (1941-1942)


End of WWII
At its peak, the U.S. Navy was operating 6,768 ships on V-J Day in August 1945, including 28 aircraft carriers, 23 battleships, 71 escort carriers, 72 cruisers, over 232 submarines, 377 destroyers, and thousands of amphibious, supply and auxiliary ships.
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Re: Navy plans for 350 ships

Postby Peter1469 » Sun Dec 18, 2016 2:56 am

We don't. The draw downs in the 1990s destroyed our shipbuilding industry.

There are two shipyards left that can do major shipbuilding. At least the last that I researched the issue.

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Re: Navy plans for 350 ships

Postby Tahuyaman » Sun Dec 18, 2016 11:59 am

Peter1469 wrote:We need to add an explosive package to our underwater drones.



Absolutely.

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Re: Navy plans for 350 ships

Postby Peter1469 » Sun Dec 18, 2016 1:40 pm

The Chinese say that they will return the drone. I assume their scientists and engineers already have taken it apart in order to reverse engineer it. Let's see if they bother to put it back together before they give it back.

I believe that when one of our spy planes was forced to land in China they returned it in boxes- taken apart.

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Re: Navy plans for 350 ships

Postby Tahuyaman » Sun Dec 18, 2016 1:46 pm

Set them up. Build a bogus one and let them reverse engineer that.


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