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Thornberry on Updated Navy Shipbuilding Plan

WASHINGTON- Rep. Mac Thornberry, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following statement on the updated shipbuilding plan announced today:

“America’s Navy is not only one of the primary guarantors of America’s security, but by maintaining freedom of navigation around the world, the Navy defends our economy as well. It has been clear for some time that if the United States is to maintain our competitive edge over Russia and China, we will need a larger Navy. The plan announced today not only answers the question of ‘how many ships,’ but also provides details for how to get there. While I am sure my colleagues will make adjustments in the years ahead, this is a serious proposal that deserves our attention and action.”

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