Senator David Perdue Secures Navy, Marine Corps Priorities In Final Defense Bill

“We must maintain a robust naval capability in order to deter aggression worldwide, project power, and support our allies.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee, joins U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in praising Senate passage of the Conference Report of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020. The final defense bill now heads to President Trump’s desk to become law.

“Today, the world is more dangerous than any time in my lifetime,” said Seapower Subcommittee Chairman David Perdue. “There have been more global Chinese naval deployments in the last 30 months than in the last 30 years. In this era of great power competition, the United States must maintain a robust naval capability in order to deter aggression worldwide, project power, and support our allies. This defense authorization bill provides the resources necessary to rebuild our Navy and Marine Corps, while demanding the best use of every taxpayer dollar. Chairman Inhofe continues to put the priorities of our women and men in uniform first, and I thank him for his leadership as we work to provide for President Trump’s National Defense Strategy.”

"As the Chinese Navy grows - three times faster than our Navy, according to the Office of Naval Intelligence - it's critical we maintain and modernize the fleet we have, while also building new, more capable and more lethal ships,” said Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe. “Thanks to Senator Perdue's leadership, this defense authorization bill prioritizes shipbuilding and modernizing our Navy so that we can stay competitive with our adversaries, including China and Russia. Senator Perdue is also a huge advocate for our service members, making sure that we provided for their largest pay raise in a decade. I thank him for his service and his leadership, and look forward to continuing to work with him to meet our goal of a 355-ship naval fleet."

Leading the Seapower Subcommittee, Senator Perdue Secured a Number of Navy and Marine Corps Priorities:

  • Supports an all-volunteer end strength of 340,500 Navy sailors with a 3.1 percent pay raise
  • Bolsters Navy Shipbuilding:
    • Authorizes construction of three Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
    • Preserves Navy plan to procure 10 Virginia-class attack submarines
    • Supports full funding for Columbia-class submarines
    • Authorizes construction of two additional amphibious ships, including an America-class amphibious assault ship and a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock
    • Authorizes construction of one large unmanned surface vessel and two medium unmanned surface vessels
    • Refuels the USS Harry S. Truman
  • Modernizes Aircraft and replenishes the Force:
    • Three P-8 Poseidons
    • One E-2D Hawkeye
    • Four C-130 Hercules
    • Six CH-53K King Stallions
    • Twenty F-35Cs
    • Twenty-four F/A 18 Super Hornets


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 Agriculture Committees.