To retain and maintain its strength in the Pacific as China grows as a naval force, the U.S. needs to augment its naval fleet size, a noted think tank asserts. The current stated objective U.S. Navy fleet size is 313 and current budget cuts threaten to slice that number. The U.S. will need more ships, the Center for a New American Security says in its January report. “The United States should strengthen its naval presence over the long term by building toward a 346-ship fleet ...

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