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US Congress pushes for more amphibians despite Navy plans to halt production

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US Congress pushes for more amphibians despite Navy plans to halt production

Because of the way the federal budget and spending process works in the US, Congress cannot require the Navy to continue purchasing landing craft. American legislators themselves speak about it.


That is, already 858 billion dollars of the military budget (and this historical record) is not enough for those requests that were previously and are at the moment.

In this regard, it is not surprising that the draft law does not contain clear language regarding the projected decline in production. But what legislators can do is pass laws that push the Navy in a certain direction. It is in this direction that lawmakers in the United States have been actively working lately.

Congress is sending a clear message to the Navy that it wants to keep building large landing craft. He set a target of 31 ships, which is roughly in line with the current state of the US Navy and will require continued production of the San Antonio-class ships.

said Mark Kanchian, military analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The goal that Kanchian refers to is the so-called specified minimum number of ships required for the Navy and Marine Corps to be able to perform a certain kind of combat mission.

Both Capitol Hill and the Pentagon are obsessed with the idea fleet of 355 ships during Trump's presidency. At that time, even a law was passed obliging the Navy to maintain just such a numerical strength of the fleet. But the US Navy currently has about 290 ships, and it's unclear if any Pentagon staff will be held accountable if that number doesn't reach 355 soon.

One legislator who has championed a provision requiring exactly 31 amphibious assault ships (and nothing less) is Rep. Rob Wittman, whose opinion on shipbuilding carries weight after years as a senior Republican on the House Military Subcommittee. maritime forces.

Another sign that lawmakers have no intention of slowing down amphibian purchases is the fact that they have authorized additional pre-funding for such purchases.
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  1. Leader_Barmaleev
    Leader_Barmaleev 16 December 2022 08: 23
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    Great news! Most likely, the son of one of the congressmen is a member of the board of directors of a shipbuilding company, or maybe the congressman himself is a majority shareholder. In short - the more they plunder and saw down the state budget of America, the less weapons will float in our direction.
    1. skeptic
      skeptic 21 December 2022 13: 02
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      Quote: Leader_Barmaleev
      In short - the more they plunder and saw down the state budget of America, the less weapons will float in our direction.

      A small but ... The purpose of landing ships is to deliver and disembark troops at any point on the enemy's coast. And this suggests that they will land where (according to space intelligence) the minimum number of means of reflection. This creates a headache for the defenders of the entire coast, along the perimeter. Significant costs for defense equipment. (Not counting the cost of "sawflies")
  2. voice of reason
    voice of reason 16 December 2022 08: 28
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    bureaucratic systems. Here it is the Western staff culture and industry in all its glory. It would be sooner for the Chinese to give them a sopatka
  3. svp67
    svp67 16 December 2022 08: 32
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    That is, not the "Joint Chiefs of Staff", but Congress decides everything ... Well, because the capitalists decide for Congress, and their interests and the interests of the military often do not coincide
  4. rocket757
    rocket757 16 December 2022 08: 33
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    US Congress pushes for more amphibians despite Navy plans to halt production
    So then THEIR BUSINESS ... but if more carefully, look for someone FAVORABLE! There is no other, and there cannot be.
  5. Bingo
    Bingo 16 December 2022 08: 48
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    Yes, it has long been clear that the United States played the game with their reforms. Purchases are completely divorced from reality, money is no longer even sawn with a chainsaw, but simply in a conveyor way, this year the Pentagon audit failed a record, and could not explain where 61% of the allocated money went. Well, they went to the bath!
    The US Department of Defense failed its fifth audit in history, failing to report 61% of its assets, The Hill reports, citing Pentagon spokesman Mike McCord.
  6. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 16 December 2022 08: 55
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    even 858 billion dollars of the military budget (and this is a historical record) is not enough for those requests that were before and are at the moment.
    Have the United States decided to establish "hegemony" over the Milky Way Galaxy? Planet Earth in the solar system, which is part of the constellation Ursa Major, is becoming scarce.
  7. Igor Borisov_2
    Igor Borisov_2 16 December 2022 09: 49
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    Oh how! Congress decides which ships are needed in the Navy. I can imagine what would happen to our Navy if the members of our Upper and Lower Chambers decided the composition of our Navy ...
  8. PPD
    PPD 16 December 2022 10: 14
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    Deputies decide what exactly the armed forces need wassat
    And the turner knows how to operate.
    The surgeon is aware of the production.. good
  9. PSih2097
    PSih2097 16 December 2022 10: 17
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    "US Congress pushes for more amphibians despite Navy plans to stop production"
    On the other hand, they have the most numerous ILC, and in which case it is easier to deliver troops to Taiwan by ships than by aircraft ...
  10. Osmodey
    Osmodey 17 December 2022 12: 42
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    Corruption and theft!! So they need the Americans! Praise be to Allah that everything is wrong with us, the budget money is sacred - the officials are the apostles