June 01 2011
A new Navy shipbuilding plan proposes extending the lives of its command ships, meaning they could serve for over 70 years, the Navy Times reports.
The Japan-based Blue Ridge, flagship of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, and the Mount Whitney, flagship of the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean, have been in service for over 40 years.
A recent update to the Navy's 30-year shipbuilding plan, which was sent to Congress in mid-May, now calls for the ships to retire in 2039.
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