US to send Navy's best vessel to Pacific

By Curious

The leader of the U.S. Pacific Fleet told 2 days ago the Navy will be sending its best vessels and aircraft to the Asia-Pacific Area as it builds up its presence by locating most of its fleet in that place.
Adm. Cecil Haney informed a policy currently outlined by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to place 60 percent of the Navy's vessels fleet to the Pacific by 2020 is about capabilities as well as quantity.
Haney gave as an example the Littoral Combat Ship which can operate in shallower waters than other ships. The U.S. plans to start deploying one of the vessels to Singapore in one year.
The EA-18G plane - which can jam all air defenses and move faster than the speed of sound - is another. Haney announced squadrons of these aircraft would be coming through the area.
The best Navy submarine will participate too - the Virginia-class. Some of these submarines are located at Pearl Harbor.
The policy gives more details to the Obama administration's info in the beginning of this year of a new defense tactic that places greater emphasis on a U.S. military presence in the area in response to Asia's growing economic factor and China's rise as a military power.
The Navy has 285 vessels about evenly divided among the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The total number of vessels will decline in coming years as some ships are old and will not be in function anymore.