Budget Control Act of 2011

Obstacles ahead in building bigger Navy fleet

Obstacles ahead in building bigger Navy fleet

In October, an underdog presidential candidate backed a plan to boost the Navy fleet by a whopping 30 percent. That candidate is now the incoming commander-in-chief, and it's still his plan.

The Navy has since added a significant amount of detail to President-elect Donald Trump's plan for a 350-ship Navy. It described the composition of that future fleet — upping the plan to 355 vessels to include an extra aircraft carrier and more attack submarines, which would support the Hampton Roads shipbuilding economy.

Now comes the work of turning this plan into reality, which will involve answering several tough questions. Can taxpayers afford a larger fleet? Do shipyards have...