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Legislative Update 9 Association of the United States Navy MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS JAMES R. TURNER also is funded to obtain 12 new aircra carriers by 2023 and construct two new Ford-class aircra carriers. However, the DoN's highest priority is the timely procurement of 12 Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines. e Navy also is authorized $18.9 billion for aircra under the 2018 NDAA. Twenty-four new F/A-18 Super Hornets are allotted, with a budget of $1.9 billion. is is $739 million more and 10 more aircra than Trump's request. Additionally, the bill allows the Navy to bulk order the new F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighters, which is expected to finish in 2018. By ordering the F-35s in bulk, the Navy will reduce the burden on taxpayers and provide the Navy and Marines with the necessary capabilities to carry out their mission. e NDAA also provides $1.2 billion for 12 V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircra, $103 million for wing upgrades to the Air Force A-10 underbolt II, and an additional $220.5 million for seven AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters. Additionally, to help address strike-fighter capability and capacity shortfalls, the NDAA provides additional funding to produce 56 F-35As per year. Furthermore, the 2018 NDAA authorizes $4.4 million for new construction and planning and design of family housing units for the DoN. e Navy also gets more than $36 million for maintenance and improving existing family housing. e DoD will be given $141.8 billion for military personnel, which will include the cost of pay, allowances, bonuses, death benefits and permanent change-of-station moves. While 2018 has just begun, it already has been a busy year for AUSN as we continue to push for a steady budget for our military and military families. I will be spending the upcoming weeks on Capitol Hill fighting for Sailors and veterans, as well as their families, to make sure they get the benefits and support they deserve. Michael J. Little ABH2 (AW/SW), USN (IRR), is AUSN's legislative director. Sailors handle a line aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney during a replen- ishment-at-sea with the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Patuxent Jan. 22 in the Mediterranean Sea. With the 2018 NDAA, the Navy will add an additional Ar- leigh Burke-class destroyer, three Littoral Combat Ships and a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock.

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