Draft Budget Plans Reveal 313-Ship Fleet Could be Reached by 2017

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Inside the Navy reveals:

The Navy plans a 17 percent increase in the number of ships it will buy between fiscal years 2010 and 2015, which, if unaltered, would allow the sea service to reach its goal of a 313-ship fleet by 2017, about three years earlier than previously projected, according to a draft shipbuilding plan reviewed by the Pentagon’s acquisition czar earlier this month.

“[The number] 313 remains a relevant surface ship and submarine force target to meet Navy and [combatant command] needs,” states a response to a question about the mix of ships in the program objective memorandum 2010 (POM-10) and the Navy’s 313-ship fleet goal, included in the POM-10 document obtained by InsideDefense.com. Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics John Young initialed the document, which included all four services’ future budget plans.

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