Navy LPD-17 Flight II and LHA Amphibious Ship Programs: Background and Issues for Congress [Updated October 19, 2021] [open pdf - 1MB]
From the Summary: "This report discusses two types of amphibious ships being procured for the Navy: LPD [Landing Platform Docks]-17 Flight II class amphibious ships and LHA [Landing Helicopter Assault]-type amphibious assault ships. Both types are built by Huntington Ingalls Industries/Ingalls Shipbuilding (HII/Ingalls) of Pascagoula, MS. Section 124 of the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) (H.R. 6395/P.L. 116-283 of January 1, 2021) provides authority for the Navy to use a block buy contract for the procurement of three LPD-17 class ships and one LHA-type amphibious assault ship. One issue for Congress is whether to approve, reject, or modify the Navy's FY2022 procurement funding requests for the LPD-17 Flight II and LHA programs. The Navy's proposed FY2022 budget requests $60.6 million in procurement funding to complete the procurement cost of the second LPD-17 Flight II class ship, LPD-31, and $68.6 million in procurement funding to help fund the procurement cost of the amphibious assault ship LHA-9."
CRS Report for Congress, R43543
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