Larger Navy required to check bigger, stronger China

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

U.S. navy aircraft carrierLegislation authorizing the rebuilding a of 355-ship U.S. Navy is headed straight to the desk of Commander-in-Chief Donald Trump.

Currently – after eight years of demilitarization under the Obama administration – there are only 278 ships in the battle fleet. But the Navy's latest force-structure assessment has concluded that it needs 355 ships to meet the demands on its forces around the world.

The "Securing the Homeland by Increasing our Power on the Seas (SHIPS) Act," has passed both the House and Senate and establishes the 355-ship goal as national policy.

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) serves as chairman of the Senate Seapower Subcommittee, which oversees the Navy and Marine Corps. He maintains that this legislation is particularly important in order to counter the growing expansion of China's Navy.

"The president went over a shook hands with President Xi in China, and we're trying to do our very best with them,” Wicker noted. “But it's frankly China that wants to dominate the Pacific. And if there was ever a reason to pay attention to the admirals and generals when they say 355 ships is needed, it's because of the grand designs that China has on the entire Pacific region."

Wicker maintains that the SHIPS Act is part of the FY-2018 National Defense Authorization Act that will authorize nearly $700-billion in funding for the military, including a nearly $5 billion increase for shipbuilding above Trump's budget request.

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