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First up,the U.S. Navy,its former slogan,"A global force for good",but how large should that force be?
That question is being addressed by politicians,military experts,observers and analysts.
But the answer is harder to find.
On one hand,the U.S. Navy currently has 10 aircraft carriers,more than the rest of the world combined,and technology that some observers say puts it well ahead of any other countries' navy.
On the other hand,the military branch itself says changes are coming,and that it needs 30 more ships to maintain its presence around the world.
Many defense experts agree,but a shrinking U.S. military budget could keep the Navy stretched thin.
The U.S. Navy is the world's largest.
American warships travel the globe,confronting drug traffickers and pirates,providing post-disaster humanitarian aid,and preparing for possible military conflicts.
But in terms of fleet size,today's navy is the smallest it's been since World War I.
Of course,the differences between the technology back then and today's make this comparison questionable.
Currently,the U.S. Navy has 273 ships,including 10 aircraft carriers and 30 amphibious ships.
China's navy now with about 250 warships is expanding,the Pentagon says.
And Russia,with about 270 warships,is modernizing with the new class of cruise missile subs.
A Navy strategy report released in March recommended the U.S. fleet be beefed up to more than 300 vessels.
But some presidential candidates wonder if that will be enough.
By 2020,the Navy says about 60 percent of its ships and aircraft will be based in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region,including new weapon systems like the F-35 fighter jet,and the Zumwalt-class destroyer.
The Pentagon also wants more ships closer to potential hotspots like the Middle East.
Maintaining a fleet with well-rested and properly trained sailors requires a constantly shifting,highly choreographed,strategic dance,with national security hanging in the balance.
A rotation like that cost big money.
Over the past three years,Congress has given the Navy 25 billion less than the White House requested,which the Navy says has slowed modernization.
Some experts at Washington think tanks say the Navy is already large enough to do its job.
Others questioned the value of expensive aircraft carriers and wonder if that money could be spent better elsewhere,like on so-called unmanned combat air vehicles,aka drones.
Time for the shoutout.
Name the longest-reigning monarch in British history?
Here we go, is it (a), King Henry VIII, (b), King George III, (c), Queen Victoria, or (d), Queen Elizabeth II?
You've got three seconds. Go!
It was only yesterday that Queen Elizabeth II became Britain's longest reigning monarch.
That's your answer and that's your shoutout.