Continuing to reverse the trend in declining ship-fleet strength the U.S. Navy had been experiencing through the height of the military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the service is close to getting back to a 300-ship force, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says. Mabus cites the Navy’s recent force-structure assessment that says the service needs 306 ships to meet current mission requirements. That is a tall order for a fleet that had gone from 600-plus ships during the Reagan ...

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