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Navy-Marine Corps Amphibious and Maritime Prepositioning Ship Programs: Background and Oversight Issues for Congress

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The Navy is proposing to maintain in coming years a Navy with 31 amphibious ships and an additional squadron of 14 Maritime Prepositioning Force Future, or MPFF, ships. The Navys proposed FY2008 budget requests 1,398.3 million in procurement funding for a ninth San Antonio LPD-17 amphibious ship to be procured in FY2008. The Navy estimates the total procurement cost of this ship at 1,798.3 million. The Navy is proposing in its FY2008 budget to end LPD-17 procurement with the ninth ship with 103.2 million to be provided in FY2009 as a program closeout cost. The Navys proposed FY2008 budget also requests 1,377.4 million in procurement funding to complete the procurement cost of LHA-6, a large-deck amphibious assault ship that was procured in FY2007 using split funding a two-year form of incremental funding in FY2007 and FY2008. The Navy estimates the total procurement cost of LHA-6 at 2,806.2 million. The Navys FY2008 unfunded programs list UPL includes an additional LPD-17 and two modified Lewis and Clark TAKE-1 dry cargo ships for the MPFF squadron. One potential issue for Congress is whether to fund an additional LPD-17 andor one or two additional TAKEs in FY2008. Additional potential oversight issues for Congress include the estimated cost of the two TAKEs in the Navys FY2008 UPL, the adequacy of the 31-ship amphibious-ship force-level goal, the stability of the amphibious and MPFF force-level goals, the clarity of the sea basing concept, the potential affordability and cost-effectiveness of the sea basing concept, sea basings relationship to the Navys new Global Fleet Stations GFS concept, and Navy and Marine Corps coordination with other services in developing the sea basing concept. This report will be updated as events warrant.

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

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