Senator David Perdue Calls Attention To Navy Shipbuilding Challenge

Underscores Need For Realistic Plan To Grow Naval Fleet

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee, spoke on the Senate floor about the need to support the U.S. Navy by getting shipbuilding back on track.

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Major Challenge: “Over the last 20 years, shipbuilding has been devastated. We’ve lost some 20,000 vendors across the DoD. Almost 14,000 primary vendors have been lost in the supply chain. Even if we were to fund a recapitalization effort that would get us back on par with our peer competitors, I question whether we have the supply chain to do that. This is a major challenge for us right now.”

Plan To Support NDS: “The 2016 Navy Force Structure Assessment called for 355 ships. The Navy’s plan last year was to reach this goal by 2034. These are submarines, amphibious ships, heavy combatant ships, aircraft carriers. The NDS was done in 2018. We still don’t know how many ships we need or have the shipbuilding plan to support the NDS.”

China Power: “Today, China has 350 ships in their Navy. In comparison, we have 296 ships. That’s a disadvantage we already have in 2020. The U.S. Navy has multiple areas of operation around the world. In 2034, China is projected to go to more than 425 ships. We’re hoping to get to 355. That’s at least a 70-warship disadvantage we have to China.”

Shipbuilding Plan: “Today, we’re still the 800-pound gorilla under the sea. Our technologies, our sailors, and pilots in the Navy and Marines are the best in the world. We can stand up to the threats today. We’ve got to make sure that over the next 15 years we have a shipbuilding plan and maintain more consistent and better funding for that plan.”

Growing Threat: “The next 50 to 100 years will be determined in the next 3 to 5 years in terms of our relationship not only with China, but Russia and Iran, North Korea and other threats that we have around the world. We have got to make sure our allies get their investments moving in the right direction so that collectively we can stand up to this growing threat around the world." 


When Senator Perdue was elected, he was the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress. He is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Foreign Relations Committees.