Navy-Marine Corps Amphibious and Maritime Prepositioning Ship Programs: Background and Oversight Issues for Congress [Updated July 26, 2006] [open pdf - 125KB]
From the Summary: "The Navy is proposing to maintain in coming years a Navy with 31 amphibious ships and an additional squadron of 14 Maritime Prepositioning Force (Future), or MPF(F), ships. The squadron is intended to implement a new concept called sea basing, under which forces would be staged at sea and used to conduct expeditionary operations ashore with little or no reliance on nearby land bases. […] FY2007 Defense Appropriations Bill (H.R. 5631). The House Appropriations Committee, in its report (H.Rept. 109-504 of June 16, 2006), recommends approving the Navy's request for FY2007 procurement funding for a ninth LPD-17 class ship in FY2008, and the Navy's request for FY2007 procurement funding for LHA-6. The report recommends reducing the Navy's request for FY2007 funding to complete LPD-17 class ships procured in prior years. The report recommends approval of the FY2007 request for funding for the National Defense Sealift Fund (NDSF), including the requested amount for procurement of a TAKE-1 class cargo ship. The Senate Appropriations Committee, in its report (S.Rept. 109-292 of July 25, 2006) on H.R. 5631, recommends approving the Navy's request for FY2007 advance procurement funding for a ninth LPD-17 class ship in FY2008, and the Navy's request for FY2007 procurement funding for LHA-6 (page 114). The report recommends disapproval of the request within the NDSF for funding to procure a TAKE-1 class cargo ship. This report will be updated as events warrant."
CRS Report for Congress, RL32513