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BATH, Maine — 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.
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In a brief but illuminating interview, US Navy Vice Admiral#Tom Rowden, the commander of the US Navy's Surface forces, told Defense News'#Christopher P. Cavas a key difference between the ships of the US and Chinese#navies.#
Cavas asked Rowden about China commissioning a 4,000 ton frigate and deploying it just six weeks later, a start-to-finish speed inconceivable in the US Navy, where ships undergo many rounds of testing and often take more than one year to deploy.

When asked#about the differences between the US and China's processes, Rowden#explained that while a US and a Chinese ship may both appear combat-ready,"[o]ne of them couldn't fight their way out of a wet paper bag and the other one will rock anything that it comes up against."
Rowden couched his criticism well, but the meaning is clear. The US doesn't test its#ships for fun, or to spend excess money in the budget, but "to be 100 percent confident in the ship and confident in the execution of any mission leadership may give them."
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The Admiral's comments are all well and good, but the US Navy needs to be deploying LRASMs and SM-6s tomorrow in order to not be outranged and outgunned by the PLAN's surface fleet.

Hopefully, Trump will be able to ensure that the US shipbuilding program involves at least two Virginias and one Columbia each year, perhaps curtailing the LCS orders for more Virginias. Note that Virginias are capable of littoral operations in a way that the Los Angeles and Seawolf classes were not.

Lastly, there needs to be upgrades to the Block IV TLAM-E in order to ensure that it has the speed, stealth, maneuverability and hardness to strike land targets protected by the most advanced CIWS and SAMs.
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Default Building more ships is NOT the problem

This report suggests that the USN has a problem now with their aircraft carriers maintenance / overhaul schedule, so much so that not one carrier was at sea a few days ago:http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-0...anywhere-world

Building more sounds grand, but is there the capacity to man new ships?

I will leave aside the cost and which ships to buy.
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The message Navy leaders are sending to President-elect Donald Trump’s team is: We need money to keep the current 274 ships in the fleet are maintained and modernized first and then give us the money to buy more ships.
Speaking to the press at the Surface Navy Association meeting Tuesday in Crystal City, Va., Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran said the transition team “has really been open-minded” and asked probing questions about the service’s plans for the coming budget deliberations understanding the department is currently operating now under a continuing resolution.
Moran said he and CNO Adm. John Richardson, have met with the team twice, but the team meets with different departments in all the services more often to gain an understanding of how the Pentagon operates.
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The Admiral's comments are all well and good, but the US Navy needs to be deploying LRASMs and SM-6s tomorrow in order to not be outranged and outgunned by the PLAN's surface fleet..
Beijing does not think it straight lines - they won't fight ship-vs-ship, particularly if they know they have a disadvantage. They will use apple corers to fight oranges, then move their own apples into the power vacuum that's left behind.
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Beijing does not think it straight lines - they won't fight ship-vs-ship, particularly if they know they have a disadvantage. They will use apple corers to fight oranges, then move their own apples into the power vacuum that's left behind.
Yet if US surface ships don't have effective ASuW capabilities, they only burden the CAW and SS(G)Ns with these roles, in addition to their other missions.

If the PLAN's anti-ship missiles are countered, their surface fleet is only useful for air defense given that its anti-submarine skills are poor.

The PLA is cautious and seemingly aware of its lack of operational experience, particularly in the areas of precision-strike, combined arms and C4ISR.

Therefore, it is reasonable to expect them to rely upon their land-based cruise missiles (ballistic missiles being too risky and held in reserve) in a surprise attack to cripple US forces in the Western Pacific. If this blow fails, however, I think that the PLA would crumble and refocus on defending the mainland.
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If this blow fails, however, I think that the PLA would crumble and refocus on defending the mainland.
As Foamy the Squirrel said, "it wouldn't hurt you people to think like a serial killer every now and then, if only for the sake of prevention".

If your ships physically can't leave Pearl or the West Coast, if your crews can't assemble in port, if your C4 systems are hacked then you don't get those pieces to use on the game board.

Apples and oranges goes beyond the physical, know what I mean?
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If your ships physically can't leave Pearl or the West Coast, if your crews can't assemble in port, if your C4 systems are hacked then you don't get those pieces to use on the game board.

Apples and oranges goes beyond the physical, know what I mean?
That sounds like the plot of "Ghost Fleet". Do you think that the US isn't working feverishly on those capabilities?

Regardless, the LRASM will be crucial to kinetic capabilities. The US has relied upon asymmetrical capabilities to deter and defeat its opponents since the early 1980s, particularly where electronic warfare is concerned. Snowden's revelations illustrated that the US was far from lagging in the cyber game as well...
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