posted on Apr, 11 2012 @ 01:21 AM
old navy hand here.
I was in the service when Reagan made the "600 ship fleet" his goal, it was an arbitrary goal designed to push the Soviets to their limits. But in
the end, our 600 ship fleet was a lot of old 60's "pig boats" (sailors will know what that means), older, slower, all around crap ships. We ended
up with our navy looking a lot more like the Soviet navy - lots of ships, nothing to pretty to look at, other than the handful of new ships built.
The current navy is WAY better, almost all the ships are newer, with the carrier fleet being very cutting edge, it's a much better navy that the one
Reagan got. Don't let "number of ships" be the criteria you judge the navy by.
BTW, "littoral ships" (the two that we have been building for a decade now) have really been a boondoggle that has impacted other shipbuilding
projects, thanks to the cronies in Congress who insisted on building those bloated expensive albatrosses.