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    Navy Might Have to Choose Between Arming the Service and Aiding Ukraine Due to Ammo Delays, Officials Say

    Navy Might Have to Choose Between Arming the Service and Aiding Ukraine Due to Ammo Delays, Officials Say

    Top Navy leaders are sounding the alarm over what they see as the defense industry's failure to deliver enough ammunition to both meet the demands of the sea service as well as aid shipments to .

    “I am not forgiving of the fact they're not delivering the ordnance we need,” Adm. Daryl Caudle, the service's Fleet Forces commander, told an audience at the annual Surface Navy Association conference held in Alexandria, Virginia.

    Caudle, who oversees a wide swath of the Navy's ships, suggested that the problem is not only forcing him to “rob Peter to pay Paul” in order to completely arm U.S. carrier strike groups, but that it is a factor in how much aid to send to Ukraine.

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    The service's top boss, Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro, echoed the sentiment in a conversation with reporters at the same conference and explained that the shortfalls are “always a concern for us and we monitor that very, very closely.”

    Del Toro said that the Navy is not “quite there yet,” referring to the decision point between arming itself or Ukraine, “but if the conflict does go on for another six months or another year, it certainly continues to stress the supply chain in ways that are challenging.”

    The comments come as some far-right lawmakers who have been pushing for Congress to cut off aid are now in a position to influence Ukraine policy,…

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