Accession Number:

ADA470261

Title:

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

Descriptive Note:

Research rept. revised

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2007-06-11

Pagination or Media Count:

42.0

Abstract:

The Littoral Combat Ship LCS is a small, fast ship that uses modular plug-and-fight mission packages, including unmanned vehicles UVs. The basic version of the LCS, without any mission packages, is referred to as the LCS sea frame. The first LCS was procured in FY2005, another three were procured in FY2006, and two more were procured in FY2007. The Navys proposed FY2008 budget, submitted to Congress in February 2007, requested 910.5 million in procurement funding for three more LCSs. Navy plans call for procuring a total of 55 LCSs. In response to significant cost growth in the building of the first LCSs, the Navy in March 2007 announced a proposed plan for restructuring the LCS program. On April 12, 2007, the Navy announced that the Navy and Lockheed could not reach an agreement on a restructured contract for LCS-1 and LCS-3 and that the Navy consequently was terminating construction of LCS-3. On May 10, 2007, it was reported that the Navy would ask Congress to increase the procurement cost cap for the fifth and sixth LCSs to 460 million each in FY2008 dollars. A primary issue for Congress at this point is whether to approve, reject, or modify the Navys proposed restructuring plan, and what additional actions, if any, should be taken in response to the Navys decision to terminate construction of LCS-3. Congress has several potential options regarding the LCS program. This report will be updated as events warrant.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science
  • Naval Surface Warfare
  • Marine Engineering

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE