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Wittman to helm Navy plan for larger fleet

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Washington, February 22, 2017 | comments

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Wittman to helm Navy plan for larger fleet
The Daily Press
February 18, 2017

Nearly 10 years ago, U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman launched his career in Congress by being the calm voice in a tough room.

That experience could pay dividends in the coming weeks as the affable Republican prepares for another tough job: helping to steer the biggest buildup of the Navy fleet since the Cold War through Congress.

Wittman now chairs the House Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee, which is highly influential in shipbuilding, ship repair and larger issues affecting the Navy.

Near the top of his agenda is expansion of the Navy fleet.

Getting to 355

The fleet currently stands at some 275 ships with plans to reach 308. President Donald Trump campaigned on a 350-ship fleet. The Navy's own assessment calls for 355.

He's starting by doing his homework, much of it behind the scenes.

He chaired a subcommittee hearing Tuesday titled "Navy Requirements Underpinning 355 Ship Navy." It was classified and closed to the public. The next day he attended a classified intelligence briefing on trends in global terrorism.

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