According to senior Navy officials, there are not enough fast-attack and guided-missile submarines to meet the needs of commanders around the globe.
These comments came at the 2013 Naval Submarine League symposium where officials said they might have to may delay the retirement of some Los Angeles-class submarines.
“The submarines are needed because they provide very real things, like the awareness of activity in terrorist network, over-watch for special operations forces and knowledge of potential adversary weapons capability and intentions,” Connor added.
The U.S. currently has 73 submarines in its arsenal and is producing two Virginia class submarines per year.
“Combatant commander demand for these ships far exceeds what we can supply,” Connor added.