Trump planning biggest Navy fleet expansion since cold war
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With President-elect Donald Trump demanding more ships, the Navy is proposing the biggest shipbuilding boom since the end of the Cold War to meet threats from a resurgent Russia and saber-rattling China.
The Navy’s 355-ship proposal released last month is even larger than what the Republican Trump had promoted on the campaign trail, providing a potential boost to shipyards that have struggled because budget caps that have limited money funding for ships.
At Maine’s Bath Iron Works, workers worried about the future want to build more ships but wonder where the billions of dollars will come from.
“Whether Congress and the government can actually fund it, is a whole other ball game,” said Rich Nolan, president of the shipyard’s largest union.
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19 responses to Trump planning biggest Navy fleet expansion since cold war
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Larry Schmitt January 8th, 2017 at 18:35
I bet the CNO would tell him we don’t need more ships, just like the Army doesn’t need more tanks and the Air Force doesn’t need more planes. Defense contracting is nothing more than a huge jobs program. For the congressmen whose districts contain the defense plants.
StoneyCurtisll January 8th, 2017 at 19:20
amersham1046 January 8th, 2017 at 19:13
Just wondering where the money will come from
Anomaly 100 January 8th, 2017 at 19:42
From taxpayers like you and me.
Willys41 January 8th, 2017 at 20:48
No, republicans never worry about who’s going to pay. Debt doesn’t matter. Just run up another $10 trillion in debt.
The Original Just Me January 8th, 2017 at 21:46
No Problem, We now have the ” Master Money Borrower ” at the Helm.
mea_mark January 8th, 2017 at 21:57
I know, let’s make China pay for it. Mexico can pay for the wall and China can pay for our new navy.
KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker January 8th, 2017 at 19:52
More money wasted to arm against an enemy that will never meet you on a battlefield.
Stupid, stupid, stupid! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e197fb6a8922a607c205d6a72421cd062b199086d5b0eb9d81a0db8bf75bb541.gif
Duke Woolworth January 8th, 2017 at 20:41
Fighting the last war in the last century, as always. Unless the navy can hyroplane faster than a couple hundred mach 2 missiles, it’s an anachronism.
Willys41 January 8th, 2017 at 20:47
Routine repuglican economic destruction: cut taxes, increase spending, multiply the debt by several orders of magnitude.
The Original Just Me January 8th, 2017 at 21:49
Let’s see, a ship that costs 300 Million to build and will do 15 KPH. and can be out run by a single Torpedo that can do 30 KPH. Makes sense to me “” NOT !!! “”
Dwendt44 January 9th, 2017 at 00:07
Modern carriers can do 30 knots running at flank speed. But they rarely run that fast.
And some torpedos can do close to 45.
Dwendt44 January 9th, 2017 at 12:25
Russia has a torpedo that is capable of 200 MPH if the intel is correct.
wpadon January 8th, 2017 at 21:56
Remember Pearl Harbor.
bpollen January 8th, 2017 at 22:53
Pearl Harbor day is my birthday. Now that I don’t re-enact it by going out and getting bombed (gawd, I love showbiz!) I settle for remembering Pearl Bailey:
Buford2k11 January 8th, 2017 at 23:53
umm…Now why would we need a navy that size, unless there may be a shooting war in the Pacific?…Kicking the Chinese in the Dragon Balls, is not a wise thing there Dumbass Donnie…this is what Putin wants…us distracted in the Pacific, while he moves on Europe…It is all in the Putin Playbook…
Dwendt44 January 9th, 2017 at 00:06
We already have 11 carrier groups when the Russians have one. China has one (IIRC) and England has a couple. That’s it.
We have more subs of several classes than the rest of the world combined.
oldfart January 9th, 2017 at 09:51
Made with Chinese steel too perhaps ?
Mensa Member January 9th, 2017 at 11:13
(then, blame the next Democratic president.)