Navy LPD-17 Amphibious Ship Procurement: Background, Issues, and Options for Congress [May 06, 2008]   [open pdf - 167KB]

From the Summary: "Some Members of Congress this year have expressed interest in the option of procuring a 10th San Antonio (LPD-17) class amphibious ship in FY2009, so as to help meet the Marine Corps' goal for amphibious lift capability. The Navy's proposed FY2009 budget does not request funding for a 10th LPD-17 and instead proposes ending LPD-17 procurement with the ninth ship, which was procured in FY2008. The Navy's planned 313-ship fleet calls for a 31-ship amphibious force that includes 10 LPD-17s, and the Marine Corps states that a 33-ship amphibious force that includes 11 LPD-17s would be required to fully meet the Marine Corps' amphibious lift goal. […] In assessing whether the Marine Corps' amphibious lift goal is appropriate, Congress may consider several factors, including the future international security environment, the potential for using other forces to meet demands for amphibious ships, the degree of operational risk in the current 33-ship amphibious lift requirement, and competing demands for Navy or DOD funding. Congress has several options regarding funding for the LPD-17 program in FY2009. This report will be updated when events warrant."

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