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Corporate Author United States. Government Accountability Office. issuing body.

Title Navy shipbuilding [electronic resource] : significant investments in the littoral combat ship continue amid substantial unknowns about capabilities, use, and cost : report to congressional requesters.

Publication Info. [Washington, D.C.] : United States Government Accountability Office, 2013.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Federal Documents Online  GA 1.13:GAO-13-530    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource (iii, 71 pages) : color illustrations
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Note "July 2013."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Summary The Navy's LCS consists of the ship, called a seaframe, and mission packages, which provide combat capability. LCS is intended to be reconfigurable to perform three primary missions: surface warfare; mine countermeasures; and anti-submarine warfare. The Navy currently plans to buy 52 seaframes, including two variants being constructed at two U.S. shipyards, and 64 mission packages. The total estimated acquisition cost is about $40 billion in 2010 dollars. GAO was asked to assess the status of the LCS program. This report examines (1) the progress and challenges associated with seaframe and mission module production, development, and testing; and (2) the soundness of the Navy's business case for the integrated LCS program. GAO analyzed Navy and contractor documents, toured shipyards and LCS ships, and interviewed DOD and Navy officials and contractor representatives. To ensure that LCS investments are informed by key information, Congress should consider restricting funding for further ships until the Navy completes several studies about future LCS designs and capabilities. GAO is also making several recommendations, including that DOD limit future seaframe and mission package purchases until it achieves key acquisition and testing milestones. DOD disagreed with these recommendations, stating that slowing seaframe purchases would cause prices to rise and mission package purchases are needed to equip operational ships. GAO believes the Navy does not have adequate knowledge about LCS capabilities to support the planned procurement rate.
Note Description based on online resource; title from PDF cover page (GAO, viewed Aug. 12, 2013).
Subject United States. Navy -- Procurement -- Evaluation.
Littoral combat ships -- United States -- Costs.
Added Author Mackin, Michele.
Added Title Significant investments in the littoral combat ship continue amid substantial unknowns about capabilities, use, and cost
Running Title Littoral combat ship
Gpo Item No. 0546-D (online)
Sudoc No. GA 1.13:GAO-13-530

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