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Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program: Background, Issues, and Options for Congress

Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program: Background, Issues, and Options for Congress

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Published by Chuck Achberger
Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program: Background, Issues, and Options for Congress
Ronald O'Rourke Specialist in Naval Affairs March 18, 2011

Congressional Research Service 7-5700 www.crs.gov RL33741

CRS Report for Congress
Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress

Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program

Summary
The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is a relatively inexpensive Navy surface combatant equipped with modular “plug-and-fight” mission packages. The Navy wants to field a force o
Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program: Background, Issues, and Options for Congress
Ronald O'Rourke Specialist in Naval Affairs March 18, 2011

Congressional Research Service 7-5700 www.crs.gov RL33741

CRS Report for Congress
Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress

Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program

Summary
The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is a relatively inexpensive Navy surface combatant equipped with modular “plug-and-fight” mission packages. The Navy wants to field a force o

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The Navy’s FY2012 budget submission estimates the average unit procurement cost of the LCSs
to be procured at a rate of four ships per year in FY2012-FY2015 at about $468 million in then-
year dollars, excluding outfitting and post-delivery costs, and the average unit procurement cost
of the three LCSs to be procured in FY2016 at about $512 million in then-year dollars, excluding
outfitting and post-delivery costs.

The Navy’s FY2012 budget submission estimates the total procurement cost of the final 53 LCSs
at about $28.7 billion in then-year dollars, excluding outfitting and post-delivery costs. Adding
the procurement costs of the first two LCSs (a total of about $1,190 million—see “FY2012
Budget” in Appendix C) would result in an estimated total procurement cost for all 55 LCS sea
frames of about $29.9 billion in then-year dollars, excluding outfitting and post-delivery costs.

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