The House Armed Services Committee approved money to increase the Navy’s ship building capacity this week. The committee’s markup of the FY2017 defense budget includes more than $20 billion in spending for building new ships. Admiral Robert Natter (USN ret.), former Commander of US Fleet Forces Command, now president of R. J. Natter and Associates, testified last week at a hearing of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee, “Building the Fleet We Need: A Look at Navy Force Structure.” He discussed his testimony to the subcommittee, and the challenges the Navy’s fleet size presents, on National Defense Week.
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Norfolk, Va. (Oct. 3, 2003) — Adm. Robert J. Natter, Commander, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, salutes during the parading of the colors during his Change of Command ceremony on the flight deck of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Adm. Natter relinquished command of the Navy’s Fleet Forces Command and U.S. Atlantic Fleet to Adm. William J. Fallon. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Brien Aho. (RELEASED)