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Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Navy's $160B Proposed Budget Increases Sea Pay and Submarines

Virginia class SSNThe Navy received the largest boost of any of the services in the Pentagon's 2016 budget proposal announced Monday as the Navy looks to buy two new Virginia-class submarines, refuel the George Washington aircraft carrier and offer increased sea pay to its sailors, amongst other initiatives.

The Navy's 2016 budget request asks for $10 billion more than last year to pay for increases in shipbuilding, research, operations and maintenance, readiness and personnel. Overall, the Navy's budget proposal is $160.9 billion.

"Across the full scope of the request there was a strong focus on innovation and reform," said Adm. William Lescher, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Budget.

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