October 22, 2013
Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, will chair a Subcommittee hearing assessing the Navy’s 30 Year Shipbuilding Plan on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 2:00 PM.
“The Navy has been allowed to shrink to just 285 vessels, despite a bipartisan defense panel's estimate that it will take 346 ships to execute the service’s required missions. Admiral Greenert recently speculated that a 2020 force structure could reduce the force to as low as 255 ships. The Congressional Budget Office is even more pessimistic in their forecast of a 243 ship Navy,” Congressman Forbes said. “We have arrived at a fork in the road. One path keeps us on our current road that emboldens adversaries and leads to an increasingly isolated nation. I choose the other road that reverses defense sequestration and ensures our economic security is preserved with a strong national defense.”
WHAT: House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee hearing entitled “An Independent Assessment of the Navy’s 30 Year Shipbuilding Plan”.
WHO: Dr. Eric Labs, Senior Analyst for Naval Weapons and Forces, Congressional Budget Office; and Mr. Ronald O’Rourke, Specialist in Naval Affairs, Congressional Research Service.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 2:00 PM.
WHERE: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building.
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