US Navy requests priority for US defense credits

Traditionally, the US Defense budget is split almost equally between the US Army, US Air Force, and US Navy combined with US Marines Corps. But according to Admiral Michael Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations or CNO, at the Pentagon, this division no longer corresponds to the effective needs of the armies, and to the evolution of threats that are emerging. In a speech to the Surface Navy Association, Admiral Gilday made it clear that it will be necessary to prioritize Credits to the US Navy to be able to meet the political ambitions expressed by President Trump, but also to face the threats that loom, and which will require enhanced naval capabilities to control sea routes and oppose the strengthening of military navies around the world .

In recent weeks, the US Navy, through the voice of the Secretary to the Navy, and the White House indirectly oppose the objective of a fleet with 355 ships by 2030 demanded by President Trump, in accordance with the commitments made during the 2016 presidential campaign. With more than mixed results on the international scene, domestic political tensions and sometimes questionable trade-offs concerning Defense, President Trump, also a candidate for a second term in the 2020 presidential elections, seeks to consolidate its economic record through symbolic actions of international scope. Thus the commitment concerning a fleet of 355 ships (compared to 297 today) reappeared a few months ago, after being voluntarily evacuated by the Pentagon for 4 years.

The withdrawal of the OH Perry frigates without being replaced has considerably weakened the US Navy and its intervention capabilities in the world
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