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10 Ships for U.S. Navy in New Budget

Feb. 12, 2012 - 10:06AM   |  
By CHRISTOPHER P. CAVAS   |   Comments
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At least $12.8 billion in shipbuilding funds will be part of the Obama administration’s fiscal 2013 defense budget, according to a Pentagon document prepared for Feb. 13 news briefings and obtained by Defense News.

That’s enough for 10 new warships, and includes money to start construction on a new aircraft carrier and refuel another.

The request includes:

• Funding to begin construction of the John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), the second CVN 78 Ford-class aircraft carrier.

• Two SSN 774 Virginia-class nuclear attack submarines.

• Two DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class Flight IIA Aegis destroyers.

• Four Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), split evenly between both types being built.

• One Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV).

The request asks for $781 million in carrier construction money, including $608.2 million in procurement for CVN 79 and $173.5 million for research and development (R&D). The carrier will be built at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding shipyard in Newport News, Va., the only yard capable of building full-sized aircraft carriers.

The Navy is asking for $4.26 billion for submarine construction, of which $3.2 billion is for two ships under an existing multi-year procurement contract. Another $900 million is requested for advance procurement for one 2014 submarine and two in 2015. Another $165 million is requested for R&D. Submarine construction is split evenly between Newport News and the General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Conn.

$3.5 billion is requested for the two destroyers, the first of nine ships in a multi-year procurement plan covering the 2013 to 2017 destroyers. Destroyer construction is split between General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, and Ingalls Shipbuilding, a subsidiary of Huntington Ingalls, in Pascagoula, Miss.

The service is asking for $2.25 billion for LCS procurement, including $1.8 billion for four ships and $430 million in R&D funding. Three mission modules are included in the request: one mine countermeasures module and two for surface warfare. LCS 1 Freedom-class ships are built by Lockheed Martin at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wis., and LCS 2 Independence-class ships are built by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala.

The Navy is asking for $191 million for the last of 10 JHSVs, built by Austal USA. Plans to build at least eight additional JHSVs and possibly more have been canceled.

Another $1.6 billion is in the request for the refueling overhaul of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). That ship, currently deployed to the U.S. Central Command area in the Arabian Sea, will voyage later this year to Newport News Shipbuilding to begin the three-year overhaul.

Department of the Navy aircraft requests include $2.6 billion for six F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) short-takeoff or vertical landing aircraft for the Marine Corps and four F-35C Navy carrier variants, built by Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas.

Other Navy aircraft requests include:

• 26 F/A-18 E and F Super Hornet strike fighters and advance procurement for another 13 aircraft in 2014, all under a multi-year procurement ($2.1 billion), built by Boeing at St. Louis.

• 12 EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft under a multi-year procurement ($1.03 billion), built by Boeing at St. Louis.

• Five E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning low-rate initial production (LRIP) aircraft ($985 million), built by Northrop Grumman, Bethpage, N.Y.

• 13 P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft ($2.7 billion), including advance procurement for 17 aircraft in 2014, built by Boeing at Seattle.

• 33 T-6B Texan II training aircraft ($279 million) built by Hawker Beechcraft, Wichita, Kan.

• 17 MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft ($1.6 billion), built by Bell Helicopter, Fort Worth.

• 28 H-1 helicopters for the Marine Corps ($820 million), built at Bell Helicopter in Fort Worth. The request includes 15 new UH-1Y Super Hueys, four remanufactured AH-1Z Super Cobra attack helicopters, and nine new AH-1Zs, including one requested under Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) war funding.

• 19 MH-60R multi-mission helicopters ($843) million under a multi-year procurement program, built by Sikorsky Aircraft at Stratford, Conn.

• 18 MH-60S fleet combat support helicopters ($454 million) under a multi-year procurement, built by Sikorsky at Stratford.

• Three MQ-4 Broad Area Maritime Surveillance ($657 million) unmanned aircraft under R&D, built by Northrop Grumman.

The above figures are contained in the briefing document, “Program Acquisition Costs by Weapon System,” to be presented Feb. 13 as part of the 2013 defense budget rollout. Further details will be presented as part of the rollout.

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