Navy down $1 billion in munitions and has fended off 130 direct attacks in six months

Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro said Tuesday there have been 130 direct attacks on American warships in the Middle East over the past six months and that the Navy is out $1 billion in critical munitions because of it, a funding shortfall he is hoping Congress will soon cover. 

“All roads lead back to Iran,” he told lawmakers at a Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee 2025 budget hearing in which he urged lawmakers for more money.

Aircraft preparing to launch from USS Dwight D. Eisenhower during flight operations in the Red Sea in January 2024. (Kaitlin Watt/U.S. Navy/AP)

“Over the course of the last six months, we have encountered over 130 direct attacks on U.S. Navy ships and merchant ships,” Del Toro said. “The munitions that are critical to these counterstrikes
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