- Shipbuilding to meet the Navy’s 355-ship goal could cost $5bn to $5.5bn
- A retired naval officer said Donald Trump’s request is ‘not realistic’
- Hundreds of US tanks were also unloaded at Bremerhaven, Germany on Friday
- The Navy currently has only 274 deployable battle force ships
With President-elect Donald Trump demanding more ships, the Navy is proposing the biggest shipbuilding boom since the end of the Cold War to meet threats from a resurgent Russia and saber-rattling China.
The Navy’s 355-ship proposal released last month is even larger than what the Republican Trump had promoted on the campaign trail, providing a potential boost to shipyards that have struggled because budget caps that have limited money funding for ships.
US tanks and hundreds of fighting vehicles were also unloaded in the northern German port of Bremerhaven on Friday. They will be moved into Eastern Europe to help allay concerns from NATO countries about Russia.