Delivering the Navy the Nation Needs
Today, the United States Navy faces an increasing range of national security challenges and threats, such as competition from China and Russia. In order for the United States to maintain our competitive seapower advantage, it requires a Navy of at least 355 ships. The Navy’s current plan puts us on path to 327 ships by FY 2023 and 355 ships by FY 2034.
Executing this plan requires that United States maintain a robust industrial base. The shipbuilding industrial base and supporting supplier base continues to be a national security priority and must be reinforced and protected.
As the Navy ramps up to the “Navy the Nation Needs” of 355 ships, the U.S. shipyard industrial base stands by ready to build, repair, modernize and maintain these vessels. However, according to the Navy’s Long-Range Shipbuilding Plan for Fiscal Year 2019 noted that the “boom and bust” cycles of the last 60 years and its deleterious impacts to the health of the U.S. industrial base.
Despite these boom and bust cycles, the U.S. shipyard industry has continued to invest in its capacity, workforce and capability in order to ramp up to meet this demand.