For several months, the US Navy seems to have been facing an impasse in terms of industrial programming, caught between the presidential demands to increase the volume of the fleet, the costs of current programs, and in particular of the sub-program. nuclear launchers of Columbia missiles, and an inextensible budget. And the latest announcement will surely not please President Trump, whose directives to reach a fleet of 355 vessels by 2030 will surely not be respected. Indeed, the US Navy comes fromannounce its intention not to extend the lifespan of its Arleigh Burke Flight I destroyers, which will reach the end of their service life between 2025 and 2032.
This announcement comes after other trade-offs in favor of a reduction in the format of the US Navy combatant surface fleet, such as the reduction from 12 to 7 in the number of Flight III type destroyer to be built between 2021 and 2026. In total, the US Navy will therefore lose 10 destroyers over this period of time, or nearly 10% of its fleet cruisers and destroyers, even as President Trump, through the voice of Secretary to the Navy (acting) Thomas Modly keeps repeating his intention to grow this same format to meet the challenge of modernizing and extending the Chinese Navy in the Pacific. Note that according to observations made in Chinese shipyards, the People's Liberation Army Navy should receive in 2020 as many Type 055 and Type 052D destroyers as the US Navy over the entire 2021-2026 period.
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