New US Navy strategy

Navy Unveils New Surface Warfare Strategy

by Kris Osborn

The Navy plans to distribute more weapons and offensive firepower throughout the surface fleet as part of a new strategic approach designed to address a fast-changing global threat environment, senior service leaders said Jan. 13 at the Surface Navy Association National Symposium in Arlington, Va.

“We’re going to up-gun as many existing platforms as we can to achieve more total lethality,” Vice Adm. Thomas Rowden, commander of Naval Surface Forces, said at the symposium.

Referred to as “distributed lethality,” the new strategy is aimed at upgrading existing weapons and adding weapons to a wide array of platforms, including destroyerscruisersamphibscarriersand the Littoral Combat Ship variant called the Small Surface Combatant, Rowden explained.

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