Navy LPD-17 Amphibious Ship Procurement: Background, Issues, and Options for Congress [Updated May 23, 2008] [open pdf - 171KB]
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. […] The House Armed Services Committee, in its report (H.Rept. 110-652 of May 16, 2008) on the FY2009 defense authorization bill (H.R. 5658), recommended a total of $1,800 million in FY2009 procurement funding for the procurement of a 10th LPD-17. This total includes the conversion of the Navy's requested $103.2 million in program closeout costs into procurement funding, and the addition of another $1,696.8 million in procurement funding. The Senate Armed Services Committee, in its report (S.Rept. 110-335 of May 12, 2008) on the FY2009 defense authorization bill (S. 3001), recommends a total of $273.2 million in advance procurement funding for the procurement of a 10th LPD- 17 in FY2010. This total includes the conversion of the Navy's requested $103.2 million in program closeout costs into advance procurement funding, and the addition of another $170.0 million in advance procurement funding. This report will be updated when events warrant."
CRS Report for Congress, RL34476