[HARTFORD, CT] – U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) welcomed the U.S. Navy’s strong commitment to submarine investment outlined in the 2016 Navy Force Structure Assessment (FSA) released earlier today. The FSA recommends an additional eighteen attack submarines for the Navy – increasing the total number of submarines from forty-eight to sixty-six, as part of an overall 355-ship Navy.
“The U.S. Navy’s assessment reinforces our strong view that submarines are critical to the overall strength of our military and the long-term future of our national security. We are proud that Connecticut’s skilled defense manufacturing workforce produces the most dominant undersea force in the world,” the Senators said. “Supporting our submarine fleet is not only critical to naval preparedness, but to jobs and economic growth in our state. We are committed to working with the incoming Administration to maximize investments in our submarine force within the constraints of our national budget and our overall security needs.”