To reach its goal of 313 ships, the Navy will have to maintain its existing fleet longer while keeping a tight lid on costs for new ships. "We cannot afford any gold plating," said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead at a conference on Wednesday. He added that the high operating cost of the Navy's newest ships "scares the heck out of me ... If we don't get serious about energy, we're delivering a terrible future to our children."

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