Naval Dominance in Undersea Warfare, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces of the Committee on Armed Services, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, July 14, 2016   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is the July 14, 2016 hearing "Naval Dominance in Undersea Warfare" held before the House Committee on Armed Services. From the testimony of Charles A. Richard: "The undersea forces of the United States Navy provide significant, unique capabilities to the fleet and to the joint force commanders: Persistent, undetected, assured, far-forward access, and the influence that access provides. Should it be necessary, these forces can also attack at a time and place of our choosing to maximize the desired effects and minimize the risk to American lives. The Chief of Naval Operations' top priority continues to be to maintain and modernize the undersea leg of the strategic deterrent triad because it is foundational to our survival as a nation. As you can see on the first chart, the one to the left, this requires a force of no smaller than 10 operational ballistic missile submarines. To do that, we must procure 12 Ohio replacement SSBNs [nuclearpowered ballistic missile submarines], no less, to provide this force and we must start in fiscal year 2021. The first Ohio replacement must be on patrol by fiscal year 2031. There is no margin left to further extend the Ohios [Ohio-class submarines]." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Michael E. Jabaley and Charles A. Richard.

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H.A.S.C. No. 114-134
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