Guided by Defense Strategic Guidance, the Navy-Marine Corps team is built for war, capable of operating forward to preserve the peace, respond to crises, and protect U.S. and allied interests. The force will be leaner, agile, flexible, ready and technologically advanced because the Navy’s budget was built by applying the tenets of warfighting first, operate forward and be ready.
Deputy Asst. Secretary of the Navy for Budget, Rear Adm. Joseph Mulloy, presented the details of the Department of the Navy fiscal year 2013 budget Feb. 13. As you can imagine, this is a massive proposal with information that affects our team’s future planning. However, at the end of the day, the Department of the Navy will continue to operate forward across the globe, providing the nation offshore options to deter and defeat aggression today and into the future. Here are some of the key elements from that plan:
- A premium was placed on our presence in the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East, using innovative methods to generate more forward presence with a smaller and leaner force while retaining the ability to surge as needed.
- Deployable battle force of 284 ships in FY13, including 11 aircraft carriers (maintaining our current number) and 31 large amphibious ships, 4 guided missile submarines and 55 nuclear powered attack submarines.
- Military basic pay is increased by 1.7 percent and we remain committed to taking care of our Sailors, Marines, Civilians and their families. We will continue the
investments needed to ensure they remain the world’s premier maritime force.
- Ship procurement funds for 10 new-construction ships in FY13 (one CVN, two SSNs, two DDG 51s, one Joint High Speed Vessel and four LCS-class ships) and 41 ships across the Future Years Defense Plan (FYDP).
- Overall Battle Force Ships continue to decrease to 284 in FY13. These changes will result in a Navy fleet size of more than 280 ships by the end of the FYDP.
- Aircraft procurement funds 192 airframes in FY13 and 765 airframes across the FYDP. Decreased aviation quantities for: F-35 B/C, C-40A, KC-130J, P-8A, MV-22B, MH-
60R, and E-2D.
For DoN FY 2013 budget information, visit: http://www.finance.hq.navy.mil/fmb/13pres/books.htm