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4 more in 2024
2 in 2025
3 in 2026
How many does Canada need?
The Providence is currently the oldest service SSN in the USN, and was commissioned in July 1985.
Which admittedly is older than the Vics - but they aren't at end of service life - she surfaced the North Pole July 1 2008 (Happy Canada Day)
They are just being replaced by newer models - with refit they could see 20+ more years of service.
Arguably, 6 has been floated as the minimal needed for 1 on patrol in the arctic (for under ice training), and one out in the Pacific with allies.
Another idea would be to buy 6 new SSNs from France to bolster its SNN industry for a discount. But do we really wanna be on that side of the disagreement with Australia/AUKUS?