The U.S. Navy’s long-term shipbuilding plans — normally of little interest outside the Pentagon and beltway — have taken national center stage. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney put the Navy’s fleet plans front and center this week in the final presidential debate by saying the nation would drop to a 285-vessel force. The assertion has forced Navy public affairs officials to address the service shipbuilding plan publicly in a way they never had before. Perhaps the most ...

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