The National Shipbuilding Research Program. 1989 Ship Production Symposium. Paper No. 24: Designing the Future U.S. Naval Surface Fleet for Effectiveness and Producibility
DAVID TAYLOR RESEARCH CENTER BETHESDA MD
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David Taylor Research Center is just commencing investigations into a new manner of defining future fleet architectures. The cost of current performance-driven ship designs has increased at a rapid rate. While it is true that a warship designed with insufficient performance is of meager utility it is also true that the heat performing warship design is of no utility if never built. Both performance and affordability are required if sufficient numbers of ships are to be built to counter the threat. By designing a future fleet architecture with producibility as a major requirement from the start we hope to impact the acquisition cost significantly. One battle force concept titled Distribute, Disperse, Disguise and Sustain suggests two fundamental surface ship types the Carrier of Large Objects CLO and the Scout Fighter. A CLO feasibility design in progress Carrier Dock Multimission is outlined to inform shipbuilding researchers of an initiative that promises to have significant impact on naval ship procurement and provide increased visibility within the U.S. Navy on producibility issues.
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