In the midst of economic tension and looming budget cuts, it is not unusual for the relevancy of the surface Navy be questioned. In fact, the question is unoriginal and cuts have been made before. From only a limited perspective, the argument seems valid—after all, no country has a navy that could wage a war at sea with the United States. A battle akin to the Battle of Leyte Gulf in this day and age seems a far-off likelihood.
However, increasing technology has expanded naval capabilities far beyond what has been possible for other navies in history. Furthermore, changing mission demands in contemporary warfare welcome these new capabilities as well timed and much needed. They demand that today’s surface Navy be labeled more than a mode of support and transport. The possibilities that the Navy brings to power projection, conflict resolution, and crisis response around the world demonstrate that the Navy is as relevant to U.S. interests as ever.