NATO is looking for more U.S. warships to counter the Russian "threat," the alliance's naval chief has said.
In a meeting with Pentagon reporters, Royal Navy Vice Adm. Peter Hudson said that NATO's four standing maritime groups have operated at only half strength for the last several years, reported Navy Times.
Twenty five years ago, he said, "We used to do big, complex NATO exercises in all environments, but the world has changed. We haven’t been doing as many of those in the last 10, 15 years. But I think Ukraine has told us we need to up our game and I think that’s the plan in the near future.”
Hudson was apparently at the Pentagon to discuss with U.S. Navy officials how to beef up NATO's naval forces. “Six or seven destroyers … isn’t going to defeat a complex enemy,” he said. “But it will sustain a theater, ... it will put all the connectivity into a region in place so that the follow-on forces can deliver.”
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