"Accompanying that expanded trade is usually economic competition, which at times leads to physical confrontation as we see in the South China Sea. So our naval strength is essential to deterring threats that can lead to missteps and miscalculation, which in turn can lead to conflict," he said.
Architectural drawings by Pablo Burgos of Burgos Lanza & Associates and Carl Levin of CLAD are already underway, he said.
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