Esper says new Navy fleet plan will include 355 manned and unmanned ships

By Tony Bertuca / September 16, 2020 at 2:05 PM
(Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include an interview with Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT).) (Update: The original version of this story included a statement from Esper's prepared remarks saying Navy shipbuilding must grow from 11% to 13% of the service's budget. Those numbers were stricken from his live speech as they are "pre-decisional," according to a DOD spokesman.) Defense Secretary Mark Esper said today he is preparing plans for a "balanced" future Navy fleet of more...

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