The House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee mark directs the Navy to purchase 13 ships in fiscal year 2018, which disregards the service’s initial request of eight vessels.
Ranking Member Joe Courtney (D-CT) told Inside Defense June 20 the FY-18 budget sent from the White House is being “tossed to the side.”
The additional ships are not considered a “wish list” because the decision was made based on testimony from the U.S. Pacific Command chief, U.S. European Command chief, the Navy’s force-structure assessment, and the accelerated shipbuilding plan, Courtney said.
The mark includes two additional Littoral Combat Ships, one San Antonio-class ship, one Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and one Expeditionary Sea Base, he added.
Originally published by Inside Defense – June 22, 2017
By: Lee Hudson