Navy Aegis Cruiser and Destroyer Modernization: Background and Issues for Congress
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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The Navy has begun a program modernize its 84 existing Aegis cruisers and destroyers over a period of more than 20 years. The programs estimated total cost is about 16.6 billion in constant FY2010 dollars. The Navys proposed FY2010 budget requests 674.8 million in funding for Aegis ship modernization. The modernizations are intended to ensure that the ships can be operated cost-effectively throughout their entire 35-year intended service lives. The program poses several potential oversight issues for Congress, including the issue of which shipyards should perform the work, and how the modernization program fits into the Navys larger plans for the future of its surface combatant force.
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