US Navy cut ships in new shipbuilding plan

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Each year, the US Navy submits a report to the US Congress on its plans for shipbuilding for the next thirty years. Although in some cases it is allowed not to submit a report in the first year after the election of a new president, in 2021 the Navy did not skip submitting plans to Congress. The most interesting nuance of the report is the departure from the standard of 355 ships, which the US Navy previously adhered to.

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, at a hearing on June 17, 2021, called 355 US ships "a good target," but stressed that he was working on "the right mix of capabilities." A report presented to Congress says the manned fleet is only 321 manned ships and could potentially reach 372 manned ships.



The fleet of 321 ships will be a departure from the previous course of maintaining the number of ships in the US Navy at 355 units, which was explained by the need for an adequate response to threats from China and Russia. The decrease in the number of planned ships is due to the correlation of the plans of the Navy with the real financial capabilities of the country and those budget constraints that were the result of a difficult post-pandemic year.

At the same time, the head of the Office of Naval Operations of the US Navy, Admiral Mike Gilday, emphasized that the United States, based on the current capabilities, can afford a fleet of about 300 ships. There is very little hope that the budgets of the Navy will increase dramatically, according to the admiral.

The report presented to Congress also states that in addition to 321 (or 372 at best) ships, the fleet unmanned surface and submarine ships will also be included - from 77 to 140 in total. Thus, the total number of ships in the US Navy, according to the presented plan, may vary from 398 to 512 units. By 2023, the naval command plans to submit a revised plan that will correlate military needs with financial capabilities, as well as with a technical component.

Also, the document emphasizes the course of the Navy for special attention to submarines. But a sharp increase in the number of submarines and unmanned underwater vehicles is not planned until the late 2030s, when the purchase of Columbia-class submarines ends.


Maintaining superiority under water is a strategic priority for the US Navy in the face of growing confrontation with other powers. But plans to increase the number of submarines would face the need to expand the production capacity of the shipbuilding industry, and Washington does not yet have such opportunities.

Special attention in the report was paid to the development of the fleet's capabilities during coastal operations: here the emphasis is on interaction with the US Marine Corps, the inclusion of light amphibious warships in the fleet, ensuring confident actions of the Marine Corps units during operations in the coastal zone.

The implementation of coastal operations, as noted in the report, requires a new combination of the capabilities of traditional combat and amphibious assault ships, as well as transport ships: combat ships provide fire support for the operation, amphibious assault - landing of marines, transport - delivery of goods.

It is also known that the US Navy will decommission seven cruisers, two attack submarines, a tug, an amphibious dock ship and four coastal-oriented warships. The costs of their modernization were recognized as meaningless.
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  1. 0
    18 2021 June
    Can't this littoral boat be transformed into something worthwhile civilian, and so on "needles". Look fighters with our failed corvette, the Americans are also mistaken, maybe Ford is also a victim of a mistake. What a successful new the Americans have built, besides the nuclear submarine, of course.
    1. -3
      18 2021 June
      "Americans are not wrong")) they just think alternatively)))
    2. 0
      18 2021 June
      Those ships that are in the photo are not discarded trimarans. They are reinforced by 8 Norwegian anti-ship missiles and sent to the coast of China. They serve there. They wrote off the first 4 ships of another project, which was recognized as unsuccessful.
      1. -2
        18 2021 June
        Well, at least they will serve as training targets for the Chinese! lol
        1. +2
          18 2021 June
          These are very fast ships. Up to 45 knots.
          And they have three helicopters. Scouts and shock.
          But, of course, in naval battles it is impossible without losses. China is not a whipping boy.
          1. 0
            18 2021 June
            It dawned on you, but what about the Americans?
            1. 0
              18 2021 June
              The Americans fought with the samurai for several years at sea and in the air, suffering huge losses. Whole squadrons took off from aircraft carriers and disappeared without a trace.
              All shot down. But the Americans launched more and more squadrons until they sunk the Japanese aircraft carriers and battleships. Submarines also died without counting, but they carried out the tasks of the blockade of Japan.
              1. +1
                18 2021 June
                The battle of Midway, fortune was on the side of the Americans. Lucky so lucky. And it really was luck, in a good sense of the word. And everything was on a swing.
              2. 0
                18 2021 June
                During the WWII, the Americans lost no more than 410 people on all fronts, including 000 with Japan. The Japanese killed 297000. All figures refer ONLY to the armed forces of the countries. Of course, less than 1 people. - this is a huge loss for the United States, where every warrior was counted. Compare the death toll from other belligerent countries, including Japan!
                1. 0
                  18 2021 June
                  Considering that we fought, and the Yankees were doing business. Then everything immediately falls into place! And for them the sacrifices of 500 people in exchange for the title of superpower are sheer trifles!
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      3. YaG
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        20 2021 June
        You're wrong. Firstly, two Los Angeles nuclear submarines "Providence" and "Oklahoma City", and the sea tug "Apache" are scrapped. Surface fleet battle pennants: all seven cruisers (San Jacinto, Lake Champlain Monterey, Hue City, Anzio, Vella Gulf and Port Royal), 3 LCS-1 Freedom (Forth Worth, Detroit and Little Rock) and 1 LCS-2 Independence (Coronado ) are not written off, but sent for conservation. Thus, the photo does not lie one LCS-2 Independence (Coronado) trimaran canned. https://www.interfax.ru/world/772845
  2. 0
    18 2021 June
    US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, at a hearing on June 17, 2021, called 355 US ships "a good target," but stressed that he was working on "the right mix of capabilities."
    I put it beautifully ... straight, straight, politician-bookkeeper.
  3. -1
    18 2021 June
    We can build submarines for the USA, but the crews will be ours and the boats will sail in the waters of America. Don't worry too much.
    1. -1
      18 2021 June
      Laughing is not at all funny, at what seems funny! For example, over the number of Russian submarines! And you can build FOR YOURSELF a Virginia-type square, well, at least one!
  4. -1
    18 2021 June
    The report presented to Congress also says that in addition to 321 (or 372 at best) ships, the fleet will also include unmanned surface and submarine ships - from 77 to 140 in total.


    Of course it’s madness, but on ships there is a crew, respectively, unmanned ships or uninhabited / deserted.
    In English, there is a general term for all technology where there are no people - unmanned, but it translates as uninhabited / deserted. In Russian, everything is more complicated)))
  5. -1
    18 2021 June
    The decrease in the number of planned ships is due to the correlation of the plans of the Navy with the real financial capabilities of the country ...

    At the same time, the head of the Office of Naval Operations of the US Navy, Admiral Mike Gilday, emphasized that the United States, based on the current capabilities, can afford a fleet of about 300 ships.

    That's it, now China will break away ...
  6. -1
    18 2021 June
    We can afford 300 ships on a budget, but we are planning
    in addition to 321 (or 372 at best) ships, the fleet will also include unmanned surface and submarine ships - in total from 77 to 140
    It is good if the plans coincide with the possibilities. And the Americans probably coincide.
  7. -1
    18 2021 June
    The US Navy is one of the components of the country's power. It is through the Navy that the Americans send "lessons" to the disaffected countries. So it's ridiculous to say that there will be reductions. The Zumvolts will be replaced by Arleigh Burke, Columbia submarines will be replaced by robots, but nothing will change.
  8. 0
    18 2021 June
    Is the printing press chtol starting to slip? Or the demand in the foreign market for their candy wrappers has fallen?

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