WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, R-3rd, this week introduced, House Resolution 99, the Five Ocean Navy Strategy, which aims to rebuild the U.S. Navy.
Banks said for years, the total number of Navy ships has been reduced as an aging fleet of warships gradually retires. He said his resolution expresses the need to reverse this trend that harms naval readiness and ensure that the nation is on a path toward having more than 400 warships in its arsenal.
“As the Navy reassesses their 355-ship plan, the Department of Defense must think strategically about global maritime threats,” Banks said. “It is clear to me that at least 400 Navy ships are required to achieve strategic success to address the challenges outlined in the National Defense Strategy. The President and Congress need to act quickly to prepare our Navy for a great power competition against technologically advanced enemies.
“A larger Navy will require a serious investment in the American industrial base to give our military the fleet of warships it needs to win the naval battles of tomorrow. According to a September 2018 White House Study, ‘Industries involved in the manufacturing of shipbuilding components were among the hardest hit by the global shift in the industrial base over the last 20 years.’ We must support our industrial base with innovative technological capabilities to adapt to the future requirements of the force.”
Banks said, “The Five Ocean Navy Strategy encourages the Department of Defense to strengthen our shipbuilding program to address our aging Navy, and the global strategic challenges posed by adversaries both near and far.”