Secretary of the Navy: 'Any patriot that wants to serve should be able to serve in our military'

 | Mark D. Faram  08/11/2017 9:52 AM MDT
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The new secretary of the Navy, Richard Spencer, says that the Navy needs more ships and that 355 ships is the right number to target.

A week after getting confirmed by Congress, Spencer is in the middle of his first trip to the fleet, where he’s spent time onboard the fast attack submarine John Warner as well as aboard the aircraft carrier Ford watching “steamless” flight operations at sea yesterday.

Tomorrow, he’ll visit Marines at Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island in South Carolina.

“We need to build more ships,” Spencer told reporters in Norfolk Thursday after returning from the Ford. “Three hundred and fifty five, I think, is a very good goal for us to focus on.”

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