DefenseNews published an article on October 8th highlighting potentially serious issues with the United States’ sealift capacity. The article goes into the age and minimal size of the existing sealift fleet. The author emphasizes the importance of being able to move the Army’s equipment to Europe in the event of a conflict there.
What the article doesn’t touch on is Russia’s submarine capability and the threat that poses to an already inadequate sealift capability. In WWII, we lost hundreds of ships, but we had thousands and the loss of no one ship was devastating. With fewer than 100 sealift ships, the loss of a single ship could spell disaster.