Accession Number:

ADA467372

Title:

Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program: Oversight Issues and Options for Congress

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

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Report Date:

2006-12-11

Pagination or Media Count:

16.0

Abstract:

The Navy is procuring a new class of surface combatant called the Littoral Combat Ship LCS. The first LCS was procured in FY2OO5, another three were procured in FY2OO6, and two more were procured in FY2OO7 Current Navy plans call for procuring three LCSs in FY2OO8, and then about six per year in FY2OO9-FY2Ol6, for a planned total of 55 ships The LCS is a small, fast surface combatant that uses modular plug-and-fight mission packages, including unmanned vehicles UVs. The ships mission orientation can be changed by changing out its mission packages. The basic version of the LCS, without any mission packages, is referred to as the LCS sea frame. The LCSs primary intended missions are countering enemy mines, submarines, and fast attack craft in littoral near-shore waters. Secondary missions include intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance 15k mantime intercept special operations forces SOF support and logistics support for movement of personnel and supplies. The LCS is also mentioned in connection with the Navys role in what the Bush Administration refers to as the Global War on Terrorism GWOT. The LCS program raises several potential oversight issues for Congress, including the increase in reported LCS unit procurement costs, the programs total acquisition cost, the acquisition strategy for later ships in the program, and the funding of LCS mission packages.

Subject Categories:

  • Marine Engineering
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE