The United States has been the leading maritime power for decades, but China’s growing naval capabilities have made it the largest navy in the world.
A recent report by the US Department of Defence (DoD) categorically lists how China has rapidly expanded its navy and is very close to its dream of having the largest ground force, largest navy, largest air force in the Indo-Pacific, and largest conventional missile force in the entire world.
China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has more than 350 ships while the US Navy’s battle force is approximately 293 ships as of early 2020. The US does not want to give up its dominance and is very closely watching China’s modernisation of its armed forces.
US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper recently unveiled a plan for the future navy called ‘Battle Force 2045’ to boost US Navy with more than 500 ships by 2045.
India Today OSINT team analyses how the US plan to increase its naval power is not enough to control China’s expansionist military advancements.
Inside the report
The Congressional Research Report titled ‘Navy Force Structure and Shipbuilding Plans: Background and Issues for Congress’ was recently made public. The report indicates an enhancement in the US Navy goals of 2018 policy of 355 ships to almost 500 ships.