Navy DDG-1000 and DDG-51 Destroyer Programs: Background, Oversight Issues, and Options for Congress
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At a July 31, 2008, hearing, Navy officials announced a major change in the services position on what kind of destroyers it wants to procure over the next several years The Navy testified that it no longer wants to procure additional Zumwalt DDG-1000 class destroyers, and instead now wants to restart procurement of Arleigh Burke DDG-51 destroyers. The Navy has proposed this new path as part of internal Department of Defense DOD planning for the FY2010 defense budget to be submitted to Congress in early 2009. The Office of the Secretary of Defense OSD has reserved judgment on the Navys proposal, pending further analysis, but gave the Navy permission in late July to brief the proposal to Congress. Prior to changing its position, the Navy had wanted to continue procuring DDG-1000s, and did not want to procure any more DDG-51s. Navy plans had called for procuring a total of seven DDG-1000s. The first two were procured in FY2007, and the Navys proposed FY2009 budget, submitted to Congress in February 2008, requests funding for a third. The three DDG-51s procured in FY2005 were to have been the final ships in the DDG-51 program, and Navy budgets since FY2006 have included funding for closing out the DDG-51 program. Until the July 31 hearing, the Navy for several years had stressed the need for procuring additional DDG-1000s, defended the DDG-1000 program against various criticisms, and rejected proposals for stopping DDG-1000 procurement and for resuming procurement of DDG-51s.
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