USN has half the subs it needs in Indo-Pacific

The U.S. Navy only has half the submarines it needs in the Pacific, the commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command told the House Armed Services Committee.

This while China and Russia continue increasing their Pacific presence, the U.S. Navy’s fleet size is not keeping pace, Adm. Phil Davidson, head of INDO-PACOM, said during a hearing Wednesday.

“We’re going to lose our quantitative edge in about the 2025 timeframe. I think that’s going to be a challenge for our equities in the region,” Davidson said.

Davidson said his requests for aircraft carriers and amphibious warships are not fully met, but the number of submarines available is furthest from what he considers necessary.

“My day-to-day requirement is met by slightly over 50 percent of what I’ve asked for,” Davidson said of his submarine mission requests.