Navy’s Next Frigate: Revitalizing the Defense Industrial Base

Navy’s Next Frigate: Revitalizing the Defense Industrial Base
U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Derek A. Harkins

The United States Navy requires a frigate. Building this warship will strengthen our depleted naval fleet and reenergize a vital sector of the nation's defense industrial base, especially in the Midwest “rust-belt” region of the nation.

In July, the Navy issued a request for information to shipbuilding manufacturers for a new frigate. Officials said they want a “mature design” — in other words, a proven ship. The service will even consider a foreign warship, so long as it is built in the United States by Americans. The United States has not been a global leader in shipbuilding for a generation. The new frigate program is an opportunity to bring new designs, new construction techniques, lower prices, and higher efficiency back to the U.S.shipbuilding industry. The frigate program also gives the Pentagon and contractors an opportunity to take a wider strategic look at the nation's defense industrial base.

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