U.S. Navy Will Add Nine Ships in 2017

The U.S. Navy is scheduled to add nine new ships in 2017.

The ships will include four littoral combat ships: USS Gabrielle Giffords, USS Little Rock, USS Omaha and USS Sioux City.

The navy also expects the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier.

The Navy Times reports the U.S. Navy is also expecting two destroyers, the USS John Finn and the USS Rafael Peralta, and two submarines, the USS Washington and the USS Colorado.

Leaving the fleet will be the submarine USS San Francisco which is planned to become a moored training ship. Two other submarines, the USS Dallas and the USS Buffalo are expected to leave active duty in 2017.

President-elect Donald Trump has said he plans to increase the fleet to 350 ships.

USS Washington

USS Washington (SSN 787) is the 14th Virginia-Class fast attack submarine and the third US Navy ship named for the State of Washington. USS Washington is under construction at Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding. Virginia-class submarines are designed to conduct anti-submarine; anti-surface; strike; special operations; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; irregular warfare and mine warfare missions.

When delivered, the USS Washington will be the most technologically advanced submarine in service, as well as the least expensive. The Virginia-class is 7,800-tons and 377 feet in length, has a beam of 34 feet and can operate at more than 25 knots submerged. It is designed with a reactor plant that will not require refueling during the planned life of the boat.

By Maritme Executive 2017-01-02