The projected number of battle-force ships drops to 273 in fiscal 20114 compared to 283 in fiscal 2013 and 289 in fiscal 2012.
While the Navy spending for aircraft procurement has remained relatively flat—$17.6 billion in fiscal 2012, $17.1 billion in fiscal 2013 and $17.9 billion proposed for fiscal 2014—the number of aircraft being bought has dropped to 165 proposed aircraft in fiscal 2014 from 191 in fiscal 2013 and 212 in fiscal 2012.
Of the $155.8 billion baseline proposed for fiscal 2014, the largest amount is $48.5 billion for operations and maintenance, followed by $45.4 billion for personnel, $43.5 billion for procurement and $16 billion for research and development (R&D). That compares to the fiscal 2013 amounts of $49.9 billion for operations and maintenance, $44.2 billion for personnel, $44.5 billion for procurement and $16.9 billion for R&D.
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