DoD budget to lay-up 11 cruisers but keep all flattops | Navy Times | navytimes.com

The Navy is advancing a plan to temporarily lay-up half of its cruisers, freeing crews to plus-up other hulls and dollars to build new ships and subs, according to a budget outlined Monday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

The plan would place 11 cruisers in a “reduced operating status” until they receive their modernization, which upgrades their combat systems and extends their service life.

“This approach enables us over the long-term to sustain and modernize our fleet of cruisers, which are the most capable ships for controlling the air defense of a carrier strike group,” Hagel said at the Pentagon briefing.

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