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Accession Number ADA567621
Title Navy Force Structure and Shipbuilding Plans: Background and Issues for Congress.
Publication Date Oct 2012
Media Count 64p
Personal Author R. O'Rourke
Abstract The planned size of the Navy, the rate of Navy ship procurement, and the prospective affordability of the Navy s shipbuilding plans have been matters of concern for the congressional defense committees for the past several years. In February 2006, the Navy presented to Congress a goal of achieving and maintaining a fleet of 313 ships, consisting of certain types and quantities of ships. On March 28, 2012, the Department of Defense (DOD) submitted to Congress an FY2013 30-year (FY2013-FY2042) shipbuilding plan that includes a new goal for a fleet of about 310-316 ships. The Navy is conducting a force structure assessment, to be completed later this year, that could lead to a refinement of this 310- 316 ship plan. The Navy s proposed FY2013 budget requests funding for the procurement of 10 new battle force ships (i.e., ships that count against the 310-316 ship goal). The 10 ships include one Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) class aircraft carrier, two Virginia-class attack submarines, two DDG-51 class Aegis destroyers, four Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs), and one Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV). These ships are all funded through the Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy (SCN) account. The FY2013-FY2017 five-year shipbuilding plan contains a total of 41 ships 14 ships, or about 25%, less than the 55 ships in the FY2012 five-year (FY2012-FY2016) shipbuilding plan, and 16 ships, or about 28%, less than the 57 ships that were planned for FY2013-FY2017 under the FY2012 budget. Of the 16 ships no longer planned for FY2013-FY2017, 9 were eliminated from the Navy s shipbuilding plan and 7 were deferred to years beyond FY2017. The nine ships that were eliminated were eight Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSVs) and one TAGOS ocean surveillance ship. The seven ships deferred beyond FY2017 were one Virginia-class attack submarine, two LCSs, one LSD(X) amphibious ship, and three TAO(X) oilers.
Keywords Aircraft carriers
Amphibious ships
Attack submarines
Congress
Costs
Counting methods
Fleets(Ships)
Littoral zones
Military budgets
Military force levels
Naval vessels(Combatant)
Navy
Planning
Procurement
Quantity
Rates
Shipbuilding
Ships

 
Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 47A - Marine Engineering
74 - Military Sciences
70B - Management Practice
Corporate Author Congressional Research Service, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Congressional research rept.
NTIS Issue Number 1309
Contract Number N/A

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