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New Submarine, Frigate, or Fighter? The U.S. Navy Can Choose Only One

030521-D-9078S-001 (May 21, 2003) -- This conceptual drawing shows the new Virginia-class attack submarine now under construction at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn., and Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va. The first ship of this class, USS Virginia (SSN 774) is scheduled to be delivered to the U.S. Navy in 2004. U.S. D.O.D. graphic by Ron Stern. (RELEASED)
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Caleb Larson, a defense journalist based in Europe and holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy. He lives in Berlin and writes on U.S. and Russian foreign and defense policy, German politics and culture.



  1. Bob Web

    June 9, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    I’d pick the NGAD, new LONG range fighter/bomber is needed now!!!

    Virginia Block 5 and hopefully a Block 6 and Arleigh Burke flight III NS flight IIA Upgraded will be kings of surface and subsurface for next 25 years before a replacement is needed.

  2. Andy

    June 10, 2021 at 9:08 am

    I would not normally go this route, but this is a democrat solution for a problem. The issue is there is not enough money. The request should have said this is how much money you have, how will that change your plans?

  3. Stephen

    June 10, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    Well, if China invades Taiwan then does it matter? I would say China is trying to figure out the best time to invade Taiwan when they believe the US is least prepared which is sooner rather than later. They will supplement the budget to increase Naval acquisition later if China blinks. If the US goes into war production mode, then the only way China has any chance at all of holding Taiwan is if China can bomb the USA which is not going to happen. So, China cannot win unless the US does not have the will power politically to stop them. A lot of people could die and it could wreck the world economy for awhile but China will never be the same afterwards and their economy will be left in shambles if the US decides to stop them.

  4. cheddar baggins

    June 11, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    The Dragon is sharpening its talons, slobbering over the thought of devouring tiny Taiwan, The Bear is prowling outside the fence of Ukraine, the Congress is spending $1.9 trillion on a waning SARS COV2 pandemic, but the Navy can’t get a dime for new platforms? Maybe some people need to be sent home.

  5. Paul

    June 11, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    The Navy needs fast missile ships. They can be built in less than a year and it can obtain about 100 of them really cheap; $250 million for each ship plus the cost of missiles.

    They would be small and carry 300-600 missiles and stay up with a carrier task for and allow their missiles to be deployed by other ships, submarines and aircraft.

    Currently a carrier task force carries 600 missiles. This would double that amount for a small amount of money.

    With 100 of them they could also be deployed with our allies in Japan, Korea, Philippines, Australia, UK and France against China.

    And if you want to stop Communist China from invading Taiwan, just simply have UK, US, Japan, South Korea, India, France, Australia, Philippines, Vietnam, and New Zealand each deploy a battalion of troops permanently in Taiwan.

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