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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Of the 282 ships in the Navy at the end of FY2005, 54 were nuclear-powered attack submarines SSNs. The Navy is planning to maintain in coming years a fleet of 313 ships, including 48 SSNs. The Navy is currently procuring one Virginia SSN-774 class SSN per year. The Navys 30-year SSN procurement plan, if implemented, would not be sufficient to maintain a force of 48 SSNs consistently over the long run. In addition, for the first time in about 50 years, there is currently no new submarine being designed, which has led to a decline in work for submarine designers and engineers. Issues for Congress include the following Is 48 the correct number of SSNs to meet future needs Should the start of two-per-year Virginia-class procurement be accelerated from FY2012 to an earlier year, such as FY2009, so as to come closer to maintaining a force of 48 SSNs in the 2020s-2030s How should the submarine design and engineering base be maintained in coming years This report will be updated as events warrant.
- Submarine Engineering
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies