The Declining U.S. Naval Fleet

  • Before 2003, nearly every President and every Congress maintained a fleet size of over 300 ships.Picture7
  • High deterrent value; our Navy is present worldwide
  • Serious decline in fleet size that began in 1990s
  • Continues because of insufficient funds
  • Our Fleet is imperative to ensure capabilities for:
  • Conflict Deterrence
  • Forward Presence
  • Maritime Security
  • Protection of International Sea Lanes
  • Humanitarian Assistance/ Disaster Response
  • While our fleet size declines, our global trade increasesPicture8
  • 90% of world wide trade is transported by sea

The Navy League recommends a fleet of 308 ships