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NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO DOWNSIZE U.S. NAVY

When Admiral Raymond Spruance was ordered to invade Okinawa in April of 1945, he had at his disposal an armada of 1,300 warships. If the Pacific fleet today were asked to undertake such an operation, it would have to make do with 100 ships.

The strength of the U.S. Navy today stands at 295 vessels. As late as 1955, the fleet had 5,000 vessels with more than 1,000 ships in the active fleet. The decline in American Naval power since the end of the Cold War has been precipitous.

Osama bin Laden is still at large and the war on terror continues. In spite of this, the Navy has announced plans to mothball a carrier and decommission its air wing. This is tantamount to a boxer putting down his dukes in a prize fight. It is folly.

We should let our congressmen know that we need a larger Navy. The best place to stop terrorists is at sea, before they can strike us again.

Serge P. Warner

Williamsville