Lawmakers have asked the Congressional Budget Office to develop cost estimates for the U.S. Navy‘s plan to grow its fleet size to 355 ships, USNI News reported Tuesday.
Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Virginia) said at an Amphibious Warship Industrial Base Coalition event that CBO will provide scenarios on how to achieve a 355-ship Navy fleet over the next 15 to 30 years, Megan Eckstein wrote.
Wittman noted it is “equally important” to maintain existing Navy ships to help the service branch meet its goal, Eckstein reported.
A CBO analysis revealed in January that the Navy’s 30-year shipbuilding plan to reach 355 ships will cost $60 billion more than the service branch originally estimated.