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"It's been four years since the end of the war. And today we send forth a vessel designed for battle, but now re-purposed. For peace. Home to seventeen thousand of our best. Our brightest. This—is the culmination of human achievement."
―Senator Lovejoy during the UNSC Infinity's commissioning ceremony
The Lovejoy-Rén Act—also known as the Naval Act of 2554—is the first of two laws named for UEGSenators Bernard Lovejoy and Mei Rén. The senators introduced the legislation on November 13, 2553 following the transfer of powers back to the UEG nine months prior which sought to increase the size of the UNSC Navy to sixty-percent of its pre-war strength in order to replace the thousands of ships lost during the Human-Covenant War. The law is both a successor and expansion of the Naval Restoration Initiative of 2552 which was implemented by the Navy to bolster the numbers of the Home Fleet and Epsilon Eridani Fleet in preparation for the defense of Earth and Reach. The law was supported by Admiral Terrence Hood, the current Chief of Naval Operations and sponsored by Vice Admiral Allison Spurgeon who was recently appointed the new Deputy Chief of Naval Operations.
The law was enacted on May 29, 2554 setting in motion of events that would see the expansion of the UNSC Navy with the production of 996 ships. Four years later, the Navy received a fourth of that number, with the full order expected to be completed by 2564. Senator Lovejoy later sponsored another law on February 22, 2558, known as the Lovejoy-Jameson Act of 2558 which requested further funding for the Navy to increase the size of its fleet by an additional 650 ships by 2570 following the escalation of hostilities between a number of Remnant and Insurrectionist factions.
Following the ratification of an official peace treaty with the Sangheili in February 2553, the UNSC Navy recalled all remaining fleet assets back to Earth. While the operational capacity of the Navy was predicted to be significantly reduced, the reality was far worse than imagined. The bulk of humanity's post-war fleet had been reduced to less than eighty Gladius-class heavy corvettes. With most of the Navy's carriers and cruisers destroyed, humanity faced a dilemma that put every remaining human world in danger, including Earth if information on the Navy's weakened state were revealed to the galaxy.
With humanity left in an extremely vulnerable position, Naval Codes WHIPLASH and GOOSE CHASE were enacted on February 27. As per GOOSE CHASE, the ONI Signal Corps and Prowler Corps were deployed to the border regions of human space with the objective of monitoring Covenant remnant activities and transmitting falsified UNSC Navy fleet movements against potentially antagonistic naval groups encroaching on human territory. As a result, anybody listening in were made to believe that the UNSC Navy numbered far larger than it was in reality. While not totally effective against Covenant raids, GOOSE CHASE successfully established the UNSC "shadow fleet" on the frontier to divert hostile factions away from human colonies.
Bernard Lovejoy and Mei Rén, the architects of the Naval Act of 2554.
With the shadow fleet in place, the UNSC needed to move fast before their deception was put to the test and ultimately exposed. On November 1, 2553 Terrence Hood and other members of the UNSC Security Council met with Senators Bernard Lovejoy and Mei Rén, who co-chaired the Senate Armed Services Committee, to draw up plans and a budget for the reformation of the the UNSC Armed Forces, with priority directed toward the Navy. Meanwhile, Vice Admiral Allison Spurgeon and Fleet Admiral Joseph Harper had finalized their reorganization and consolidation of the Home Fleet with the Navy's remaining ships. Spurgeon provided their data to the committee on November 7, with Spurgeon presenting her analysis and counsel regarding the necessary composition needed by the reformed Navy to effectively defend human space.
In Spurgeon's report, the post-war Navy would prioritize the deployment of carriers and escorts to patrol border regions later designated as the Coordinated Defense Sphere and the newly established Joint Occupation Zone. The report also laid out an increased emphasis on dedicated anti-ship vessels by recommending that production of Vindication-class light battleships and Artemis-class battlecruisers resume. The legislation was finalized days later and introduced to the UEG Senate on November 13. After a measly three minutes of debate, the law was passed unanimously and was enacted on May 29, 2554.
Act of 2554
Heeding recommendations set by the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, the Naval Act of 2554 placed emphasis on the production of carriers and anti-ship vessels to form the backbone of the new Navy. The law represented a staggering forty percent increase of naval tonnage, and is regarded as the UNSC's largest naval procurement in recent history.
As of May 29, 2554 the Lovejoy-Rén Act authorized the production of 996 ships and additional funding for the manufacturing of munitions and expansion of naval facilities. The order is estimated to be completed by 2564.
cR 250 million for facility maintenance and recruitment programs
cR 660 million for manufacturing munitions and equipment
cR 345 million for expansion of existing facilities
cR 220 million for new facilities
Credit listings are "special purpose" additions to the UNSC Navy's budget for FY 2554.
Act of 2558
Immediately after delivering his address to the crew of the UNSC Infinity during its commissioning ceremony, Senator Lovejoy, with assistance from Representative Adewale Jameson, drafted another bill to further increase the Navy's budget with an additional procurement of 650 ships in 2557. With production of ships regarding the Lovejoy-Rén Act proceeding steadily on schedule, the Lovejoy-Jameson Act was introduced to the UEG on September 22, 2557 and enacted on March 3, 2558.
Enacting Lovejoy-Jameson authorized the production of 650 ships and further increased funding for personnel expansion in preparation for the Navy to fully crew all if their ships by 2560. The majority of the order consists of advanced warships designed toward the end or after the Human-Covenant War and is estimated to be completed by 2570.
cR 2.7 billion for research and development programs
cR 1.1 billion for recruitment programs and personnel training
cR 150 million for facility maintenance and facility restoration projects
cR 445 million for munitions and equipment manufacturing
cR 112 million for facility expansion
cR 55 million for new facilities
Credit listings are "special purpose" additions to the UNSC Navy's budget for FY 2558.
Act of 2565
Following the climactic galaxy-wide events of the Created Crisis, the UNSC Navy was faced with a frustrating predicament that threatened to undo the near decade worth of restoration and rearmament brought by the previous Acts of 2554 and 2558. Though the orders placed in the previous two acts were slowly restarted after cessation of hostilities with the Created, humanity once again found themselves depleted of their naval strength. Beginning in 2563, the Navy began a massive reconsolidation effort of its fleets. After finalizing their restructuring, the Navy then submitted their reports to the UEG, citing areas of urgent need that included an order for 993 new ships.
With the authorization of the Naval Procurment Act of 2565, the UNSC Navy would make its largest technological and doctrinal leap since the advent of the MAC weapon system at the end of the 25th Century - cementing humanity's position as a major galactic power for years to come. The order is expected to be completed by the beginning of fiscal year 2588.
23 Asphodel-class heavy carriers
14 Corinth-class assault carriers
10 Poseidon-class light carriers
5 Audax-class supercarriers
17 Specter-class battleships
7 Axion-class light battleships
2 Virginia-class battleships
8 Jannes-class battlecruisers
6 Artemis-class battlecruisers
4 Talon-class battlecruisers
16 Erasmus-class heavy cruisers
16 Triton-class light cruisers
14 Janissary-class light cruisers
6 Viscount-class light cruisers
3 Autumn-class light cruisers
122 Strident-class light destroyers
103 Hyperion-class destroyers
60 Sun Tzu-class heavy destroyers
17 Poitou-class heavy destroyers
104 Nevada-class heavy frigates
103 Anlace-class light frigates
50 El Salvador-class assault frigates
43 Sokovic-class light frigates
20 Quetzalcoatl-class light frigates
10 Qianliyan-class stealth frigates
124 Romulus-class heavy corvettes
61 Aria-class corvettes
20 Winter-class stealth corvettes
5 Sumer-class stealth corvettes
cR 12 billion for research and development programs
cR 3.6 billion for recruitment programs and personnel training
cR 1.8 billion for munitions and equipment manufacturing
cR 670 million for facility maintenance and facility restoration projects
cR 333 million for facility expansion
cR 87 million for new facilities
Credit listings are "special purpose" additions to the UNSC Navy's budget for FY 2565.
↑The Coordinated Defense Sphere (CDS) is a region of human space consisting of a large concentration of Inner and Outer Colonies deemed to be at-risk of attack. The CDS is pivoted toward areas of space that are believed to contain hostile or suspicious remnant forces, and is constantly updated to ensure readiness levels remain high in the event of a major invasion of human space. As of 2558, fifty-percent of the Navy is deployed in this region.
↑Orders for the Orion-class were originally placed at 33, but were cancelled following the introduction of the the Corinth-class. These two would be the last of the Orion family before the class was retired in 2558.
↑Construction of the Keating-class was delayed indefinitely after materials and manpower were increasingly prioritized for the production of carriers and escort vessels. These cruisers were eventually cancelled and replaced by the Triton-class in 2558.