Navy-Marine Corps Amphibious and Maritime Prepositioning Ship Programs: Background and Oversight Issues for Congress
DEFENSE ACQUISITION UNIV FORT BELVOIR VA DAVID D ACKER LIBRARY AND KNOWLEDGEREPOSITORY
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As of the end of FY2004, the Navy operated 35 amphibious ships, and the Military Sealift Command operated 16 maritime prepositioning force MPF ships for the Marine Corps. The Navy is currently building a new amphibious assault ship called LHD-8 and is also procuring new LPD-17 class amphibious ships. A total of 12 LPD-17s were originally planned, but the FY2006-FY2011 Future Years Defense Plan FYDP proposes reducing that figure to nine, with the final two to be procured in FY2006 and FY2007. The FY2006-FY2011 FYDP also calls for procuring newdesign amphibious assault ships called LHARs in FY2007 and FY2010, for starting procurement of a new type of MPF ship called the MPF Future, or MPFF, in FY2009, and for starting procurement of two new types of sealift connector ships in FY2009 and FY2010. Three developments have caused the Navy to reconsider its plans for procuring amphibious ships and maritime prepositioning ships. One is a new concept of operations for conducting expeditionary operations ashore, called enhanced networked sea basing, or sea basing for short. A second is a new concept for crewing and deploying Navy ships called Sea Swap. A third is the rising Navy ship procurement costs.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Marine Engineering
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies