Skelton Calls for Larger Navy Fleet, Notes Funds Not There to Meet Current Growth Plan

By Zachary M. Peterson / March 3, 2009 at 5:00 AM
The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee today called for rebuilding the Navy's fleet, noting that the "right mix of vessels" is necessary to keep sea lanes open for global commerce. However, the lawmaker noted there is not enough money in the current budget to achieve the service's 30-year shipbuilding plan's goal of a 313-ship fleet. "I submit we are on a bad glide slope, but not so far committed that we cannot recover," Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO) said...

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