President Joe Biden’s choice to command the Navy stated huge support for plans to keep the fleet at 355 ships but noted that making that happen will need “more funds” from Congress in the years ahead. In his confirmation hearing, Carlos Del Toro, a retired Navy officer, also told lawmakers that he saw climate change and China as significant challenges to the military in the near future. If approved, Del Toro would become the service’s second Hispanic secretary. Despite concerns from some Republican legislators that the White House’s budget request for fiscal 2022 is too low, he faced pleasant queries from the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.
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