The US Sea Services has unveiled its new revised maritime strategy, which has been designed to better support the security interests of the country and to help achieve homeland security objectives.
Entitled ‘A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower: Forward, Engaged, Ready’, the new strategy includes a plan that explains how the US Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard will design, organise, and employ naval forces across the globe.
The strategy has been developed taking into account the changes that have occurred in the global security environment in the recent past, including a new strategic guidance, and a changed fiscal environment.
Featuring a new function called all domain access, the latest strategy includes revisions to the functions listed out in the 2007 release, to better focus on challenges forces face in accessing and operating in contested environments.
Aimed to boost the navy’s forward presence, the new strategy calls to increase the service’s ships from 97 to 120 by 2020, while deploying forward and engaging partners across the globe, especially in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
The ships to be forward-based include four ballistic-missile-defense destroyers in Spain and another attack submarine in Guam by the end of this year.
Additionally, the navy is scheduled to increase presence in the Middle East from 30 ships to 40 by 2020.
In order to maintain readiness, the strategy calls for implementing the Navy’s Optimized Fleet Response Plan for a predictable cycle to maintain, train and deploy carrier strike groups and amphibious ships.
The new plan also stresses on continuing to strengthen partnerships and alliances by participating in international training exercises.