Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program: Background and Issues for Congress [November 30, 2017] [open pdf - 1MB]
"This report provides background information and issues for Congress on the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. A total of 29 LCSs have been procured through FY2017. For FY2018, the Navy is requesting the procurement of 30th and 31st LCSs. The LCS program presents several oversight issues for Congress. Congress's decisions on the program will affect Navy capabilities and funding requirements, and the shipbuilding industrial base. This report previously covered both the LCS program and an associated follow-on program to procure a new class of frigates (FFs) whose design was to be based on one of the two LCS designs. As part of its FY2018 budget submission, however, the Navy has decided that it no longer wants to procure FFs. Instead, starting in FY2020, the Navy wants to shift from procuring LCSs to procuring a new guided-missile frigate, called the FFG(X), whose design may or may not be based on one of the two LCS designs. Reflecting this new plan, the Navy has separated the FFG(X) program from the LCS program. Consequently, this CRS (Congressional Research Service) report now covers only the LCS program, and the now-separate FFG(X) program is covered in CRS Report R44972, Navy Frigate (FFG[X]) Program: Background and Issues for Congress, by Ronald O'Rourke."
CRS Report for Congress, RL33741
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html