US Navy aims to have a hybrid fleet of manned and unmanned platforms in the next decade

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Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) of the U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Gilday announced the release of his Navigation Plan to the Fleet during virtual remarks at the Surface Navy Association Symposium January 11.

Adm. Gilday made important statements during the symposium. He emphasized that the U.S. is a maritime country and its activities at sea are very important for the security and stability of the country.

Outlining the modernization activities of the navy of China and Russia, the USA should be prepared for missions perfectly and operate in every sea (all-domain naval force).

The article U.S. Navy released as follows;

This Navigation Plan nests under the recently-released Tri-Service Maritime Strategy and outlines how the U.S. Navy will grow its naval power to control the seas and project power across all domains, both now and in the future. It builds off the progress made under FRAGO and lays out what must be done this decade to deliver the naval power America needs to compete and win. This will be done by focusing on four key areas:

Sailors: Develop a Seasoned Team of Naval Warriors
Objective: A dominant naval force that can outthink and outfight any adversary. Our Sailors will remain the best trained and educated force in the world. We will cultivate a culture of warfighting excellence rooted in our core values.

Readiness: Deliver a More Ready Fleet
Objective: A Navy that is manned, trained, and equipped to deploy forward and win in day-to-day competition, in crisis, and in conflict. We will consistently deliver maintenance on-time and in full, refurbish our critical readiness infrastructure, master all-domain fleet operations, and exercise with like-minded navies to enhance our collective strength.

Capabilities: Delivering a More Lethal, Better-Connected Fleet
Objective: A Navy capable of projecting synchronized lethal and non-lethal effects across all domains. We will deploy the Naval Operational Architecture by the middle of this decade; an array of counter-C5ISRT capabilities; weapons of increasing range and speed; and a directed-energy system capable of defeating anti-ship cruise missiles.

Capacity: Deliver a Larger, Hybrid Fleet
Objective: A larger, hybrid fleet of manned and unmanned platforms – under, on, and above the sea – that meets the strategic and operational demands of our force. We will deliver the Columbia-class program on time; incorporate unmanned systems into the fleet; expand our undersea advantage, and field the platforms necessary for Distributed Maritime Operations.

“For 245 years, in both calm and rough waters, our Navy has stood the watch to protect the homeland, preserve freedom of the seas, and defend our way of life,” Gilday said. “The decisions and investments we make this decade will set the maritime balance of power for the rest of this century. We can accept nothing less than success. I am counting on you to take in all lines and get us where we need to go – and to do so at a flank bell.”

To read CNO’s Navigation Plan in its entirety, click here.

To download a one-page infographic, click here.

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