Navy DDG-51 and DDG-1000 Destroyer Programs: Background and Issues for Congress
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The Administrations FY2010 defense budget proposes to end the procurement of DDG-1000 Zumwalt class destroyers with the third ship, which was authorized and partially funded in FY2009, and restart procurement DDG-51 Arleigh Burke class Aegis destroyers, which were last procured in FY2005. The Administrations budget is consistent with a proposal for stopping DDG-1000 procurement and restarting DDG-51 procurement that the Navy announced in July 2008. The Navys plans for destroyer procurement in FY2012 and beyond are somewhat unclear. The Navy since July 2008 has spoken on several occasions about a desire to build a total of 11 or 12 DDG-51s between FY2010 and FY2015, but the Navy also testified to the Seapower subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee on June 16, 2009, that it is conducting a study on destroyer procurement options for FY2012 and beyond that is examining design options based on either the DDG-51 or DDG-1000 hull form. A January 2009 memorandum from the Department of Defense acquisition executive called for such a study. The proposed FY2010 defense budget requests procurement funding to complete the cost of the third DDG-1000 and to procure one DDG-51, and advance procurement funding for two more DDG-51s that the Navy wants to procure in FY2011.
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