New Navy leader: Nukes 'foundational to our survival'
WASHINGTON - The sea service's new top boss, Adm. John M. Richardson, is blunt about what he thinks matters most: nuclear punch.
Battling terrorists is today's problem, but Richardson is looking more long-term in his blueprint for a stronger Navy. He wants a Navy built to counter unpredictable future threats from other countries.
No. 1 on his list is a new fleet of nuclear-armed submarines, known as "boomers." They prowl the oceans as the quiet centerpiece of the nation's nuclear force. The Navy plans to replace the current fleet of 14 Ohio-class boomers with 12 next-generation subs. Some subs in the current fleet began service as early as 1981.
Richardson calls this force "foundational to our survival as a nation," in a blueprint released Tuesday,
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
National Guardsman surprises younger brother following Afghanistan deployment
Plane tickets from BTR to ATL sold out ahead of SEC Championship
Attorney claims teen was on drugs when questioned about deadly bus stop...
WATCH: Brazen thieves use pick-up to drag ATM through storefront in Iberville...
Saints owner Gayle Benson joins News 2 to talk huge donation for...