Chinese military shipbuilding is significantly superior in its capabilities to a similar American industry. This was announced on February 21 by US Secretary of the Navy Carlos del Toro, speaking at the National Press Club.
According to him, American shipbuilders are not keeping pace with their Chinese colleagues. The Chinese are building more ships and much faster, and they also have a greater production capacity (more shipyards).
We need to expand our navy, we need more modern ships in the future, especially those that can withstand new threats
The civilian head of the department, subordinate to the US Secretary of Defense and responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Navy and Marine Corps, construction, repair and maintenance of the fleet, recruitment, supply and training of personnel, was adamant in his conclusions. . Apparently now the “Chinese comrades” are trying to violate the maritime sovereignty and economic well-being of other states, including US allies in the South China Sea and a number of other regions, but Beijing has l intention to further expand its presence in the oceans, undermining US interests.
In the coming years, the Chinese Navy will have 400 ships in service. At the same time, according to Pentagon plans, by 2045 the US Navy should grow to just 350 ships. At present, the Chinese Navy has 340 ships and the US Navy has 300 pennants. At the same time, China has thirteen shipyards and is rapidly building new large ships.
Some of them have capabilities that all of our shipyards combined do not have.
– said the official sadly.
As for the US Navy, he says, it continues to grow obsolete. Part of the ships are subject to dismantling, and shipyards in the United States cannot compete with Chinese yards in terms of the number of units under construction for the fleet. But it’s not even about the number of shipyards – the United States simply does not have the necessary workers. The US labor market is regulated and constrained by restrictions that reduce the workforce.
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