How Big of a Fleet? A Look at the U.S. Navy's Size and Readiness Needs

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An F/A-18E Super Hornet flies near the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the Mediterranean Sea, January 22, 2022, photo by U.S. Navy

An F/A-18E Super Hornet flies near the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the Mediterranean Sea, January 22, 2022

Photo by U.S. Navy

by Bradley Martin and Scott Savitz

January 11, 2023

The U.S. Navy is struggling with a fundamental question: What numbers and types of assets might it need in the coming decades?

Congress is trying to nudge the Navy to expand the size of the fleet. For fiscal 2023, it added nearly 20% to the Navy's request for shipbuilding and compelled the Navy to retain half of the 24 ships that it had hoped to retire.…

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Bradley Martin is a senior policy researcher at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation and director of the RAND Institute for Supply Chain Security. Scott Savitz is a senior engineer at RAND.

This commentary originally appeared on Defense News on January 10, 2023. Commentary gives RAND researchers a platform to convey insights based on their professional expertise and often on their peer-reviewed research and analysis.