Accession Number : ADA590254
Title : Navy Force Structure and Shipbuilding Plans: Background and Issues for Congress
Descriptive Note : Congressional rept.
Corporate Author : LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
Personal Author(s) : O'Rourke, Ronald
Report Date : 08 Nov 2013
Pagination or Media Count : 93
Abstract : The Navy s proposed FY2014 budget requests funding for the procurement of 8 new battle force ships (i.e., ships that count against the Navy s goal for achieving and maintaining a fleet of 306 ships). The 8 ships include two Virginia-class attack submarines, one DDG-51 class Aegis destroyer, four Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs), and one Mobile Landing Platform/Afloat Forward Staging Base (MLP/AFSB) ship. The Navy s proposed FY2014-FY2018 five-year shipbuilding plan includes a total of 41 ships the same number as in the Navy s FY213-FY2017 five-year shipbuilding plan, and one less than the 42 ships that the Navy planned for FY2014-FY2018 under the FY2013 budget submission. 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. The Navy s FY2014 30-year (FY2014-FY2043) shipbuilding plan, like the Navy s previous 30-year shipbuilding plans in recent years, does not include enough ships to fully support all elements of the Navy s 306-ship goal over the long run. The Navy projects that the fleet would remain below 306 ships during most of the 30-year period, and experience shortfalls at various points in cruisers-destroyers, attack submarines, and amphibious ships. In its October 2013 report on the cost of the FY2014 30-year shipbuilding plan, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the plan would cost an average of $19.3 billion per year in constant FY2013 dollars to implement, or about 15% more than the Navy estimates. CBO s estimate is about 6% higher than the Navy s estimate for the first 10 years of the plan, about 14% higher than the Navy s estimate for the second 10 years of the plan, and about 26% higher than the Navy s estimate for the final 10 years of the plan.
Descriptors : *FLEETS(SHIPS) , *MILITARY BUDGETS , *SHIPBUILDING , AIRCRAFT CARRIERS , AMPHIBIOUS SHIPS , ATTACK SUBMARINES , CONGRESS , COSTS , COUNTING METHODS , LITTORAL ZONES , MILITARY FORCE LEVELS , NAVAL VESSELS(COMBATANT) , SHIPS
Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE