Canceled plans to extend life of 27 burke class destroyers (flight I and early flight II ships) from 35 to 45 years, so quite a bit of ships will be retired starting from 2026.
US has currently 62 burke class destroyers, 8 are being built and 13 additional ships (including 11 of the new variant flight III) have been approved for construction.
Apparently there was plans for building up to 42 ships of the latest (Flight III) variant, also because there is no replacement for this class (the zumwalt class has been an overexpensive failure).
It is not yet clear what they will do with the Ticonderoga class cruisers too (if they approve the life extension plans) . The US navy has 22 of them and if they don't extend their life they will have start retiring them next year, when the oldest of them turns 35 (the youngest Ticonderoga class cruiser is 26 and will turn 35 in 2029)
Just as the INF Treaty dies they plan on retiring nearly half of their Arleigh Burke fleet starting in 2026? Seems counterproductive.
It shows what a joke the INF was. The US used the ridiculous sea-borne exemption to push the intermediate range missiles onto ships.
They no longer have to do this so they can scrap the costly fleet of INF busters. Parking the nuclear tipped cruise missiles onto
Polish, Romanian and other retard soil is cheap and easy. The launchers are there already and they were deployed when the INF
was still active, so they were full on violations.
No treaty with the US has any value. They always cheat and negotiate compromised terms which they can abuse. And they can
extract themselves from any obligations on a moment's notice. So what is the f*cking point of abiding by any treaty that the
USA uses as a disposable fig leaf?
The only thing that works to force US compliance to any sort of sane international behaviour is fear induced by deployed facts
on the ground.