The US needs a bigger fleet in order to counteer Russia, China in the era of maritime competition, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson told reporters at a Singapore naval base used by the US.
“We are getting back into, after decades really, an era of maritime competition,” Richardson said. “Some of these global powers, China, Russia, they’ve been growing, China in particular. They’re maturing in every dimension of power (and) at some point you turn to the sea to expand and continue to prosper.”
He argued that US Navy must catch up its competitors massively investing in maritime prowess.
Some experts argue that the statement looks like just another excuse for the expected massive investments into the US military-industrial complex.
US President Donald Trump had announced a massive rearmament program for the US Navy. The US feel will be reportedly expanded to 350 warships from about 272 now.
Meanwhile, the US Navy has become more active in areas adjacent to Russia’s and China’s shores.