Top Navy and Marine Corps brass toured key US shipyards on Monday, March 4, signaling a unified push to bolster America’s maritime capabilities.

In a bold move that smacked of unity and a gritty determination to up the ante on America’s sea power, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Lisa Franchetti and the Marine Corps’ own Gen. Christopher J. Mahoney hit the deck with a tour through the heart of our shipbuilding muscle—Austal USA, Ingalls Shipbuilding, and Bollinger Mississippi Shipbuilding.

This wasn’t just a courtesy call; it was a loud and clear message that when it comes to defending our waters, we’re not playing games.

Into the Heart of Shipbuilding

Franchetti and Mahoney recently visited these state-of-the-art shipyards, inspecting firsthand the sweat, steel, and sparks that forge our amphibious ships and surface combatants. The kind of gear that puts a hefty punch in the phrase “decisive warfighting advantage.”

In a press release report, Franchetti laid out America’s aim of keeping our fleet not just afloat but primed for action.

With an eye on beefing up our amphibious fleet to a solid 31, she didn’t mince words about needing a tight ship, pun intended, between Congress, the industry, and our Navy team to make it happen.

shipyard visit
Senior officials recently traveled to the Gulf Coast for a Shipbuilding visit on March 4, 2024 (Image source: DVIDS)

Mahoney was right there, talking about these shipbuilders and how they serve as the backbone of our national defense.

The Marine Corps General had also spotlighted amphibious warfare ships as the real MVPs in the strategic playbook.