Modly acknowledges 355 ships won't happen in 'reasonable' amount of time

By Justin Katz / September 16, 2019 at 2:19 PM
The Navy's second most senior civilian today acknowledged the service will not achieve its 355-ship goal in a "reasonable" amount of time and that without a $20 billion to $30 billion increase in annual funding, the Navy could only maintain between 305 and 308 ships. "We had a goal of a 355-ship Navy," Navy Under Secretary Thomas Modly said in a speech at a Professional Services Council conference. "I will tell you it is going to be very, very difficult...

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