Navy Plans to Build Fewer ShipsTweet
February 5, 2013
The U.S. Navy has officially decided to reduce its growth plan from 313 major warships to 306, according to a planning document obtained by Defense News.
Though the reduction is said to be based on strategy, shrinking budgets are also a major factor in the Navy’s plans.
From a Danger Room article about the cuts:
Any way you cut it, there’s not a lot of extra cash padding the Pentagon’s wallet.
Ships ain’t cheap. A single aircraft carrier can cost $12 billion— and the Navy intends to keep 11 of them. Destroyers, the workhorses of the fleet, range in price from $2 billion to $4 billion. The Navy projects keeping more than 80 of them in service. Even the Littoral Combat Ship, the much-maligned “inexpensive” near-shore fighter, sets back taxpayers around $600 million each for more than 50 copies.
To build all these ships at a pace of between seven and a dozen per year, the Navy gets only $15 billion or so annually from Congress. With unpredictable labor and materials costs, ship prices can rise unexpectedly. The Congressional Budget Office predicted the Navy’s shipbuilding plan would end up costing 19 percent more than the Pentagon’s own rosy estimates.
Read more at Danger Room.
Andre Francisco is the Online Producer for the Project On Government Oversight.
Topics: National Security
Authors: Andre Francisco
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