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FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2019 file photo, the U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG-82) moors at Fort Trumbull State Park in New London, Conn.  The Navy is proposing construction cutbacks and accelerated ship retirements that would delay, or sink, the Navy’s goal of a larger fleet — and potentially hurt shipyards, according to an initial proposal.    The proposal would shrink the size of the fleet from today’s level of 293 ships to 287 ships, a far cry from the official goal of 355 ships established in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP, File)

For new Navy chief, fixing readiness problems trumps building bigger fleet

The Navy’s new top officer says he doesn’t discount the need to grow his service, but for now, sustaining what it already owns is more important.

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U.S. Navy/MC2 Markus CastanedaPHILIPPINE SEA (June 8, 2019) The amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force amphibious transport dock ship JS Kunisaki (LST 4003) sail in formation during a training exercise with other U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force warships. Ashland is underway conducting routine operations as part of the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Markus Castaneda/Released)190608-N-WI365-1036

Navy creating new senior civilian position to manage long-term sustainment

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In this Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 photo, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star rests by a dock in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The only U.S. ship capable of breaking through Antarctica’s thick ice is undergoing repairs in balmy Hawaii this week as it prepares to head south. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

Coast Guard ‘delighted’ by boon in budget, plans on addressing maintenance backlog

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