Accession Number:

ADA543596

Title:

Navy LPD-17 Amphibious Ship Procurement: Background, Issues, and Options for Congress

Descriptive Note:

Congressional research rept.

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-04-20

Pagination or Media Count:

58.0

Abstract:

The Navys proposed FY2012 budget requests funding for the procurement of an 11th San Antonio LPD-17 class amphibious ship. The Navy intends this ship to be the final ship in the class. The ship has received 184.0 million in prior-year advance procurement AP funding, and the Navys proposed FY2012 budget requests the remaining 1,847.4 million needed to complete the ships estimated procurement cost of 2,031.4 million. The Navy plans to begin procuring a new class of amphibious ship called the LSDX in FY2017. Some observers have suggested using the LPD-17 design as the basis for the LSDX. Navy officials do not stress this option and instead appear more interested in developing an all-new design for the LSDX. If a decision were made to use the LPD-17 design as the basis for the LSDX, then procuring a 12th LPD-17 in FY2014 or FY2015 would help keep the LPD-17 production line open until the procurement of the first LSDX in FY2017, which in turn might help reduce LSDX production costs. Issues for Congress include whether to approve, reject, or modify the Navys proposed funding request for the 11th LPD-17, whether to encourage or direct the Navy to use the LPD-17 design as the basis for the design of the LSDX, and--particularly if the LPD-17 design is used as the basis for the LSDX--whether to fund the procurement of a 12th LPD-17 in FY2014 or FY2015.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE