Senator David Perdue Joins Efforts To Grow U.S. Navy Fleet

“A robust naval fleet is critical to maintaining global security”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined thirteen other senators, led by Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), in making it the policy of the United States to meet the U.S. Navy’s requirement of 355 ships, needed to respond to military and humanitarian missions around the world. This guidance was included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee last week.

“Today we have the smallest Army since WWII, the smallest Navy since WWI, and the smallest and oldest Air Force ever,” said Senator Perdue. “At the same time, we are seeing the greatest number of emerging threats around the world. A robust naval fleet is critical to maintaining global security and access to critical waterways and shipping lanes. Our current battle fleet of only 276 ships is strained to meet combatant commander requirements to respond to threats, support our allies, and deter aggression worldwide. At the price tag of $26 billion annually over the next 30-years, Congress must identify a way to responsibly fund our priorities. This bill helps clear the way under President Trump’s leadership to find a way to finance the 355-ship Navy that the President has called for.”


The Securing the Homeland by Increasing our Power on the Seas (SHIPS) Act establishes the policy that the 355-ship Navy be comprised of an optimal mix of platforms, with funding levels subject to annual appropriations. The legislation reflects the Navy’s recent force-structure assessment indicating it needs 355 ships to meet the demands on its forces. Currently, there are only 276 ships in the battle fleet. The 2016 Navy Force Structure Assessment determined that to fully resource platform-specific demands with very little risk in any theater while supporting enduring missions, ongoing operations and setting the theater for prompt warfighting response, the Navy would require a 653-ship force.


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