Washington– Wednesday, the Association of the United States Navy (AUSN) announced its support for Congressman Mike Conaway’s 12 Carrier Act. This legislation, which Congressman Conaway first introduced in 2015, increases the mandated number of operational aircraft carriers in the U.S. Navy fleet from 11 to 12.
The letter reads, in part, “On behalf of the Association of the United States Navy, we would like to pledge our support for H.R. 941, the 12 Carrier Act. The aircraft carrier can fulfill the Navy’s core missions of forward presence, sea control, ensuring safe sea-lanes, and power projection as well as providing flexibility and versatility to execute a wide range of additional missions. Despite the requirement to maintain an aircraft carrier strike group in both the United States Central Command and United States Pacific Command, the Navy has… developed significant carrier gaps in these critical areas.”
“ U.S. Naval strategy relies on aircraft carriers to maintain peace while providing the advanced security the U.S. is dependent on,” said Congressman Conaway. “At a House Armed Services Committee hearing two years ago, it became evident that the U.S. Navy will not have the capabilities to provide ‘continuous’ aircraft carrier presence in both the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific until fiscal year 2021. Presently, maintenance and deployment gaps are becoming the new normal as the operational tempo of our current fleet rapidly increases. By adding a twelfth operational carrier to our fleet, as this bill does, we will be able to match our increasing security needs with the proper resources.”
Congressman Conaway, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, serves on the Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces.