The president-elect revealed he wants a 355-battleship fleet, including warships and submarines as tensions across the globe grow.
The US is looking to beef up its naval defences after being issued with a chilling warning by the Kremlin, “if you want a war, you will get one”.
Relations between the US and China are also at boiling point over disputed territory in the South China sea.
It is estimated that Trump’s armada fleet would cost the US a whopping £4.5 billion on top of the US’ naval bill.
The current fleet stands at 274 battle ships – but defence analysts have said that the department has long needed a cash-injection to boost US defences.
“ The Navy, more than any of the services, is our forward presence. We’re going to need this Navy”
The country’s shipbuilding industry have also praised the billionaire for his “forward thinking” .
Shipbuilders Council Of America president Matthew Paxton said: “Russia and China are going to continue to build up their navies.
“The complexities aren’t going to get any easier. The Navy, more than any of the services, is our forward presence. We’re going to need this Navy.”
He added: “In addition to being good for national security, a larger fleet would be better for both the sailors, who’d enjoy shorter deployments, and for the ships, which would have more down time for maintenance.”
If plans for the huge battle fleet go ahead, it will take American ship building back to the Cold War days where former president Ronald Reagan has shipbuilders working around the clock on his planned 600-strong navy.
But a former assistant defence secretary to Reagan and naval officer has labelled Trump’s plans “unrealistic”.
Lawrence Korb said: “You never have enough money to buy a perfect defence. You have to make tradeoffs.”
He added that the Trump administration would take the US defence budget to “levels we’ve never seen” to build the fleet.
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