ARLINGTON, Va. — U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Thomas Copeman, commander of the Naval Surface Force and U.S. Pacific Naval Surface Force, wants to bridge a missile gap he perceives in the service’s surface force to make it more lethal. While Copeman and other surface warfare officers have been talking about the growing lack of lethality for more than a decade, he acknowledges that the issue is now getting some of the spotlight. “The Flight II DDG (destroyers) 79 and up are not fitted with ...


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