Navy Attack Submarine Force-Level Goal and Procurement Rate: Background and Issues for Congress
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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The Navy is currently procuring on Virginia SSN-774 class attack nuclear-powered submarine SSN per year. Each submarine currently costs about 2.4 billion. The FY2007-FY2011 Future Years Defense Plan FYDP to be submitted in February 2006 reportedly will propose maintaining the one-per-year procurement rate through FY2011, and then increasing the rate to two per year in FY2012. As of the end of FY2005, the Navy totaled 282 ships, including 54 SSNs. In December 2005, it was reported that the Navy is planning to maintain future fleet of 313 ships, including 48 SSNs. Submarine supporters are concerned that the Navy and DOD are not placing adequate emphasis on attack submarines in Navy force-structure planning and ship-procurement plans.
- Submarine Engineering
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies