Fleet equipment is going to become part of the Navy’s fleet by 2020, Navy officials said Wednesday.
The fleet is also expected to grow and diversify over time.
“The Navy is moving ahead with a fleet of vessels that will be more capable, more versatile and capable of responding to the needs of the future,” Rear Adm.
John F. Fitzgerald, the Navy chief of naval operations, said during a ceremony at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. In addition to fleet equipment including submarines and destroyers, the fleet will also have vessels equipped with sensors, drones and weapons to better monitor the world around them.
There will also be a fleet base in Norfolk, Va., the Pentagon said.
The Navy expects to spend at least $1 trillion on new warships, ships and aircraft over the next 20 years, according to a study commissioned by Congress last year.
The plan to upgrade the fleet comes after the Pentagon decided last year to start phasing out the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter after 30 years of service.
The F-16, the Joint Strike fighter that has been the Navy version of the Joint Tactical Fighter since 2001, is retiring.
At the time, the Pentagon also said it would replace the F/A-18 Hornet and other planes with an upgraded version of its Sea Hawk, the Sea Hunter, and a new fleet of Super Hornets.
The fleet has grown from an initial list of 19 ships to 20 in the latest plan.