"This may be the biggest weakness of the US Navy," published by the United States bimonthly bimonthly web site on July 6th, a part of the urgent action to expand the fleet and solve the serious shortage of existing amphibious assault ships, American Congressional policymakers are with the United States. The navy is working together to explore ways to speed up the building of the new amphibious assault fleet.
The article said the Congressional Research Bureau submitted a report entitled "the LPD-17 Flight II amphibious Shipyard Project" in July 3rd. The report said that the proposed plan for the US Navy to purchase second Sanantonio class Flight II amphibious shipyards in 2020 may need to be accelerated and should be included in the budget of the United States Department of defense for the 2019 fiscal year.
US Navy leaders say the Navy currently has more than 30 amphibious assault ships and plans to reach 38 in the next few years; however, the current plan has not yet reached the global demand for operational commanders.
The article quoted the U.S. congressional report as saying: "Navy and Marine Corps officials have confirmed that the needs of the U.S. regional combat commanders on the daily cutting-edge deployment of amphibious ships will require 50 or more amphibious ships."
The US Navy will purchase the first Sanantonio class (LPD-17) Flight II amphibious dock transport ship this year. Speeding up the purchase of second of this new amphibious ship will help solve the shortage of naval amphibious assault ships and speed up the expansion of the navy fleet to 355 ships.
The United States Navy plans to build a new LPD-17 (LPD-17) Flight II amphibious dock transport ship to replace the current LSD-41 dock landing ship, which has been serving as a support ship in American amphibious formations. The strategic move to replace the dock landing ship with the Sanantonio (LPD-17) Flight II amphibious ship seems to suggest that the US Navy is trying to expand the amphibious capability to adapt to a rapidly changing new threat environment.
The article believes that the demand for amphibious ships is so large, partly because multipurpose warships are necessary for operational operations and the implementation of various humanitarian and non operational tasks.
The report said: "although the design of amphibious ships was designed to support the Marines to hit the enemy troops, they were also used to carry out rescue operations without hostile forces and conditions allowed. Because of their huge storage space, they can use helicopters and landing craft to transport personnel, equipment and supplies to ships without port facilities.
The US Navy hopes to add more amphibious ships in the fleet and adapt to the modern threat environment, which will require more group operations and need a single amphibious fleet to perform more extensive tasks. The enemy of modern equal forces has more and more long-range radar and precision guided weapons, which will require more amphibious warship formation.
The article commented that the US Navy had been able to deploy as many as 5 amphibious standby teams at once, but its fleet was no longer as large as it was in 1980s, and the navy was developing strategies to reduce the number of amphibious and amphibious assault ships in general. Therefore, the US Navy needs more ships with various technical capabilities, and when necessary, they can independently complete the operational tasks of the amphibious guard unit.
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