Senator David Perdue Secures Seapower Priorities In Defense Bill

“This bill provides critical resources to rebuild our Navy and Marine Corps, while demanding the best use of every taxpayer dollar.”

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 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020. Leading the Seapower Subcommittee, Senator Perdue secured a number of priorities of importance to the Navy and Marine Corps in the annual defense bill.

“As our country faces complex threats across the globe, it’s critical we maintain robust naval capability to deter aggression worldwide, project power, and support our allies,” said Seapower Subcommittee Chairman David Perdue. “This defense bill provides the resources necessary to rebuild our Navy and Marine Corps, while demanding the best use of every taxpayer dollar. Chairman Inhofe has been a stalwart champion for our women and men in uniform, and I thank him for his leadership as we work to provide for President Trump’s National Defense Strategy.”

“At the helm of the Seapower Subcommittee, Senator Perdue has made it his priority to ensure we have the best ships, submarines, and other Navy and Marine Corps equipment—all while keeping a close eye on the costs to the American taxpayer,” said Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe. “This year’s NDAA makes important steps to continue rebuilding our fighting force, and I thank Senator Perdue for his commitment to restoring our military supremacy.”

As chairman of the Seapower Subcommittee, Senator Perdue led in addressing a number of maritime issues. Highlights below:

  • Authorizes $24.1 billion for shipbuilding to fund 12 new construction battle force ships:
    • Includes $5.1 billion for three Arleigh Burke-class destroyers
    • Advances funding for an additional Virginia class submarine and improves submarine fleet by requiring modern Virginia Payload Modules in two Virginia-class submarines for a total of $4.7 billion in investments
    • Includes the full request for: one Frigate; two Towing, Salvage, and Rescue ships; two Lewis-class oilers; four LCU-1700 amphibious landing craft; and completion of Zumwalt-class destroyers
    • Adds $927.9 million to accelerate and incrementally fund procurement of one LHA replacement amphibious ship and one LPD Flight II amphibious ship
    • Requires the Secretary of the Navy to carry out the nuclear refueling and complex overhaul of the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)
  • Authorizes the procurement of 105 naval aviation aircraft, including:
    • $2.5 billion to procure 22 F-35C fighters
    • 24 F/A-18 Super Hornets
    • Six P-8A Poseidons
    • Three KC-130J Hercules
    • Ten MV-22 Ospreys
    • Six VH-92A Presidential Helicopters
    • Two MQ-4 Tritons
    • Four E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes
    • Six CH-53K King Stallions
  • Supports an all-volunteer end strength of 340,500 Navy sailors with a 3.1 percent pay raise


 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.