This July 28, 2016 US Navy handout photo shows the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Cheyenne (SSN 773) operating in the Pacific Ocean during Rim of the Pacific 2016. "AFP PHOTO / NAVY MEDIA CONTENT OPERATIONS/ ACE RHEA"
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China has also worked hard to build a fleet of attack submarines, and now boasts 50 diesel and five nuclear attack subs.The U.S. is paying close attention – and looking at its own fleet.Admiral Harry Harris, who heads the Pacific Command, has warned about China's military buildup in the South China Sea, saying the United States needs more attack subs in the region. And General Philip Breedlove, former head of the U.S. European Command, sounded similar warnings about Russia's renewed attention to submarines under President Vladimir Putin. Aware of the stakes, the U.S. Navy plans to halt the decline of its own fleet of nuclear submarines.The Navy is considering whether to continue building two nuclear submarines per year instead of a planned drop to one a year in 2021 .However, the Navy is also working on two bigger drone programs.
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