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Report: Navy Eyes Fleet Size Increase of 45 Ships Under 5-Year Plan

The U.S. Navy plans to increase its fleet size by 45 ships and aims to achieve a 31 percent rise in the number of deployed vessels in the next five years, USNI News reported Monday.

The service would have a fleet of 326 ships by fiscal 2023 through its five-year shipbuilding plan.

Under the five-year plan, the Navy will support service life extension work on a Los Angeles-class attack submarine, four mine countermeasures ships and six cruisers in fiscal 2019 as well as add 11 new ships by fiscal 2023.

Those additional ships include four DDG guided-missile destroyers, three oilers, two Expeditionary Sea Base, one T-AGOS ocean surveillance ship and one T-ATS tug and salvage ship.

The Navy’s fiscal 2019 budget request seeks to allocate approximately $21.9 billion for the procurement of 10 ships that include three Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, two Virginia-class attack submarines and one Littoral Combat Ship.

Those ships are included in the FY 2019 budget proposal that President Donald Trump released Monday.

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