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New Navy Long Range Shipbuilding Plan Will Have Short Shelf Life

By: Sam LaGrone

..A draft of the so-called 30-year shipbuilding plan, finalized by the Navy on Friday and obtained by USNI News on Monday, holds firm to the Navy’s goal of reaching a 308-ship navy over the next five years. But that battle force total is likely to increase, Bryan Clark, naval analyst Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) and former special assistant to past Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, told USNI News on Monday. The new plan is “very provisional until the Navy comes up with a new set of force structure requirements. And you have Congress that’s already weighing in with additional ships they want to build, and the new administration is going to obviously have things they want to do differently,” Clark said. “Regardless of which administration comes in, they’re both going to want to grow the size of the Navy.”

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