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US Department of Navy budget FY25 increases but by 0.7% compared to 2024.

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According to information published by the US DoD on March 11, 2024, the Department of the Navy (DON) has announced its budget request for FY25, amounting to $257.6 billion, which is an increase of $1.8 billion or 0.7% from the FY24 budget.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 The Los Angeles class submarine USS Hampton at Ice Camp. (Picture source: US DoD)

The request includes funding for the acquisition of six battle force ships—comprising submarines, destroyers, frigates, and transport docks—to enhance the nation's sea control capabilities. Additionally, it proposes a $16.2 billion investment in aircraft procurement, including the purchase of 75 aircraft such as F-35 jets and CH-53K helicopters.

The budget also addresses personnel needs, proposing a 4.5% increase in basic pay and initiatives to improve quality of life for service members. This includes expanded housing and food options, as well as increased funding for childcare and professional development opportunities. Efforts to recruit and retain skilled personnel are highlighted through adjusted enlistment and re-enlistment bonuses.

Research and development receive significant attention, with funds allocated towards the advancement of technology in shipbuilding, aviation, and weaponry. The request supports ongoing investments in the submarine and shipbuilding industrial bases and emphasizes the modernization of the Marine Corps through the development of new vehicles, defense systems, and radar technologies.

Infrastructure improvements are also a key aspect of the budget, with 20 military construction projects planned to support operational readiness and the modernization of naval shipyards and facilities. The budget aims to ensure the readiness and maintenance of ships and aircraft, allocating funds for spare parts, training, and deployment costs.

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