In preserving its dominance over the sea, the United States Navy is determined to expand its future fleet of over 350 manned ships and about 150 unmanned ships.

In his update on the Navigation Plan (NAVPLAN), Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mike Gilday stated that the plan for the 2040s and beyond will focus on “the need to address long-term strategic competition with China and keep a military advantage against Russia.”

Reuters reported that the Navy’s forecasted fleet numbers slightly increased from a 2021 Navy long-range shipbuilding plan, which had a range of 321 to 372 manned ships and 77 to 140 large unmanned vessels.

Gilday, meantime, has refuted the charges of some members of Congress, claiming that the growth of ships over the past 20 years has been gradual.