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Russia’s Submarine Program: How Big a Threat?

Posted April 27th, 2016 at 12:56 pm (UTC-4)
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Russia’s existing Soviet-built nuclear attack submarines are being refurbished and modernized, increasingly able to go back out on patrol again. Meanwhile, new generations of ballistic missile submarines are being deployed to its Northern and Pacific fleets, revitalizing Russia’s aging sea-based nuclear deterrent.

Secretary of Navy: Why Our Fleet is Growing After Years of Decline

Posted September 22nd, 2015 at 2:49 pm (UTC-4)
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What should Americans conclude when they hear conflicting claims about the U.S. Navy being too large or shrinking too much? History and the facts prove those claims wrong. Indeed, this administration is aggressively rebuilding our fleet to surpass 300 ships before 2020, and that effort is critical to our security and our economy.
The size of our fleet matters because we live in a maritime-centric world. About 70% of our planet is covered by water; 80% of the earth’s population lives within an hour’s drive to the sea; 90% of global trade is seaborne; and 95% of voice and data are carried via undersea cables.