U.S. Navy ships in the Asia-Pacific will begin moving forward with construction plans for a new, larger fleet of patrol ships and other ships to bolster their efforts in the region, the Navy announced Thursday.
The ships will be based at the Yokosuka Shipyard in Japan, where the Navy is planning to build a new aircraft carrier.
The new ships will replace older ships already in service, but the Navy will not say when the new ships are scheduled to be built.
Navy leaders said the new vessels would be more powerful and more capable than the ships currently being built and would be available to serve more countries in the Pacific.
The ships are slated to begin operations in 2019.