- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 26, 2015

A top U.S. Navy admiral told Congress that China has “amazing submarines,” including more nuclear-powered vessels than the United States.

Vice Adm. Joseph Mulloy, deputy chief of naval operations for capabilities and resources, told the House Armed Services Committee’s seapower subcommittee Wednesday that he was impressed with China’s naval expansion.

“We know they are out experimenting and looking at operating and clearly want to be in this world of advanced submarines,” the officer said, Reuters reported.

Vice Adm. Mulloy qualified his remarks by saying although the size of China’s undersea fleet has surpassed the U.S. Navy, its submarines are technologically inferior.

A spokeswoman for the service told Reuters the U.S. Navy had 71 commissioned U.S. submarines.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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