Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)/Frigate Program: Background and Issues for Congress [December 22, 2015] [open pdf - 2MB]
"The Navy's Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)/Frigate program is a program to procure a large number of LCSs and modified LCSs. The modified LCSs are to be referred to as frigates. Prior to December 14, 2015, Navy plans called for procuring a total of 52 LCSs and frigates. A December 14, 2015, memorandum from Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus directed the Navy to reduce the LCS/Frigate program to a total of 40 ships. The memorandum also directed the Navy to neck down to a single builder of the ships starting with the ships to be procured in FY2019. (The ships are currently built by two shipyards.) The first LCS was funded in FY2005, and a total of 26 have been funded through FY2016. The Navy's proposed FY2016 budget requested the procurement of three LCSs. The Navy estimated the combined procurement cost of these three ships at $1,437.0 million, or an average of $479.0 million each. The three ships had received a total of $80 million in prior-year advance procurement (AP) funding, and the Navy's FY2016 budget requested the remaining $1,357.0 million needed to complete their combined procurement cost."
CRS Report for Congress, RL33741
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html