“Don’t give up the ship!” These were Capt. James Lawrence’s dying words defending the USS Chesapeake during the War of 1812. Over 200 years later, the United States Navy and America’s critical shipbuilding industry are issuing the same cry from shipyards across our nation.
Here is a simple truth: A true renaissance of America’s shipbuilding industry will require a large-scale overhaul and new strategy before it can churn out the ships we urgently need to maintain our status as the greatest maritime power in world history.
American shipbuilding: An anchor for economic and national security