While the latest U.S. Navy shipbuilding plan provides for a bigger destroyer fleet than what the service had previously proposed, there remains a risk of a significant shortfall in the vessels when measured against U.S. needs, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). “The current shipbuilding plan calls for buying 70 destroyers based on the existing Arleigh Burke class destroyer (DDG-51) design,” the CBO notes in its new assessment of the Navy’s fiscal 2013 shipbuilding plan. ...


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