The U.S. Submarine Fleet Is Underwater

ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 21, 2016) The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Toledo (SSN 769), assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 54, transits through the Arabian Gulf. CTF 54 commands operations of U.S. submarine forces (SSN/SGN) and coordinates theater-wide anti-submarine warfare matters in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy Combat Camera photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Torrey W. Lee/Released)

Here’s an ominous illustration of America’s growing security problems: U.S. Navy attack submarines are excellent weapons for devastating America’s enemies, but the fleet doesn’t have enough boats and is in serious disrepair. Republicans in Congress are right to ask President Biden to address this crisis as part of a deal to sell subs to the Aussies.

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