Navy officials say a recently determined plan to increase its fleet size by adding more new submarines, carriers and destroyers is - “executable” – and that early conceptual work toward this end is already underway.
A completed “Force Structure Assessment” underscores what Navy leaders have been saying for quite some time - - that the current fleet size is insufficient to meet global demands from combatant commanders.
The assessment could likely mean more carriers, submarines, destroyers and amphibious assault ships, among other things.
The Navy assessment for 2018 calls for a sizeable jump up to 355 ships, including 12 carriers, 104 large surface combatants and 66 attack submarines. In the meantime, the services' near term 2017 proposed fleet size seeks to increase the current 274-ship fleet up to 308.