FREMM Selection Signals U.S. Engagement

The U.S. Navy Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS Hawaii (top) steams alongside the French Navy FREMM-class frigate FS Provence during a bilateral anti-submarine warfare exercise in the Indian Ocean, May 13, 2019. (Courtesy French Navy)
The United States intends to be out and about on the world’s oceans, fully engaged in protecting its interests and those of its allies and partners.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he U.S. Navy’s decision last week on a new frigate design for domestic production undercuts the argument that the United States is withdrawing from the world. On Thursday evening, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced that it had awarded a contract to Marinette Marine Corporation of Wisconsin to build up to ten new guided-missile frigates for the Navy. Marinette Marine is a subsidiary of Fincantieri Marine Group, which is in turn a subsidiary of the Italian firm, Fincantieri. The winning design, which was required by the U.S. Navy to be mature and proven to minimize both risks and costs, was

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