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Trump Would Get the 350 Ships He Wants Under Navy’s New Plan

  • Navy cites need to boost large surface combatant force, subs
  • Service spurns departing Carter’s call to build fewer ships
An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter flies over an ongoing replenishment at sea between the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis, left, the fast combat support ship USNS Rainier, center, and the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay in the South China Sea, on March 4, 2016.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew P. Holmes via U.S. Department of Defense
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The U.S. Navy says it needs as many as 355 ships, up from the current goal of 308, echoing a goal that President-elect Donald Trump set in his campaign.

The “Force Structure Assessment” being released on Friday calls for expanding the Navy from its current fleet of 272 over the next 30 years. That could mean increased sales for General Dynamics Corp. and Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc., the nation’s primary makers of combat vessels, as well as Lockheed Martin Corp., with its Aegis combat system, and Raytheon Co., which makes electronic combat systems and the new Air and Missile Defense Radar.