The Navy plans to increase the number of its deployed ships by more than 20 percent over the next five years, providing the U.S more firepower and assets in the Middle East and Asia to meet security demands, Pentagon officials say.

The plan laid out in a new maritime strategy announced Friday reflects the military’s growing concern about the unpredictable pace of conflicts arising around the globe. It particularly emphasizes the Navy’s need to prepare for future conflicts against adversaries with high-end weapons that are difficult to penetrate.

The strategy calls for deploying the Navy and Marine Corps’ newest equipment: the Littoral Combat Ship, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Triton surveillance drone and MV-22 Osprey to the Asia-Pacific region, an area when the Navy already plans to base 60 percent of its ships. These types of systems have not been needed in the counterinsurgency-type wars in Afghanistan and Iraq over the past decade. […]