Getting to 355 with the leg-up of the Ghost Fleet. @JerryHendrixII @CNASDC

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Getting to 355 with the leg-up of the Ghost Fleet. @JerryHendrixII @CNASDC

The balance of ships and aircraft within a fleet’s architecture matters. Having a fleet with no frigates is like a baseball team taking the field without its outfielders. Too few fast attack submarines would be like a quarterback lining up without a line of guards or tackles on a football field. Considering past fleet architectures and current mission sets, a future 355-ship fleet emerges comprised of 12 carriers, 35 cruisers, 72 destroyers, 64 frigates, 65 fast attack submarines, and 12 ballistic missile submarines. Other ships, amphibious assault ships, expeditionary fast transports and various auxiliaries, would make up the remaining ninety-five ships. It should be understood these reflect the bare minimum numbers. Strict adherence to actual requests from regional combatant commanders would result in a fleet of 445 ships. Creating a 355-ship fleet will not be inexpensive. It will cost nearly an additional $25B per year in shipbuilding, maintenance, training and personnel costs, but a large scale war would run into the trillions per year. In the end, investment in a fleet comprised of the right types of ships in the right numbers and proportions will be, as Theodore Roosevelt once said, “the surest guarantee of peace.” Congress should move quickly to set aside the restrictions of the 2011 Budget Control Actand rapidly fund the Navy to grow it to 355-ships. Such a move will renew the United States’ commitment to strategy of maritime supremacy and ensure credible global leadership. http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/building-355-ship-navy-its-not-just-the-number-its-the-mix-22458?page=5