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Document: Report to Congress on U.S. Navy Force Structure and Shipbuilding

The following is Feb. 24, 2015 Congressional Research Service report, Navy Force Structure and Shipbuilding Plans: Background and Issues for Congress.

  • Rob C.

    They sandwiched their force projections for decades, i hope they’re going have the right equipment for their needs. I don’t think there will be any more cruisers after Block III DDG-52 comes out.

    • Secundius

      @ Rob C.

      There’s talk about converting at least six San Antonia class Gator-Freighters into Arsenal Ships and mount 5-inch (127mm/62-caliber) Mk. 45 or 6.1-inch (155mm/52-caliber) AGS Naval Lightweight Deck Guns…

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  • publius_maximus_III

    “…two DDG-51 class Aegis destroyers, three Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs)…”
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    The quantities should at the very least be reversed — THREE destroyers, two LCS’s — perhaps even more than three, if they’re the smaller sized destroyers, not the behemoths being built today. Destroyers have been the backbone of the Navy since at least as far back as WW-II. To reduce the preponderance of such a versatile, blue water ship within the Navy’s fleet is a huge mistake, IMO.

    • Secundius

      @ publius_maximus_III.
      One Arleigh Burke @ $1.832-Billion USD. equals ~4.071 Freedom class LCS/FF @ ~$450-Million USD. each or ~4.192 Independence class LCS/FF @ ~$437-Million USD. each. Which do you think, from Congress’s “Point-of-View” is going to “Win-Out”…

      • publius_maximus_III

        Perhaps you’re right, Sec, and Congress will see only the $$$’s and ¢¢¢’s of reaching the Navy’s 300-plus goal. But in a shooting war, those four (4) Littorals will be sent to the bottom much sooner than one (1) Arleigh Burke DDG.

        • Secundius

          @ publius_maximus_III.

          Maybe with some of the yet to be built Freedom/Independence class LCS/FF, they should employ some of that Al-Li (Aluminium-Lithium) alloy to the Superstructure and Hulls. Lighter then aluminium and almost as strong as titanium…

          • publius_maximus_III

            Always concerned about using exotic alloys in a salt water environment — corrosion, SCC (stress corrosion cracking), and SAC (stress assisted cracking) are just some of the hazards. Hope the Navy’s material evalutors do testing under real life conditions.
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            One other thing: aluminum has no endurance limit so will eventually crack under enough cyclic loading, regardless of the stress level. Steel does have a fatigue endurance limit, equal to about half the tensile strength, so as long as the cyclic stresses are below that fatigue strength limil you can cycle it forever (and a day)…

          • Secundius

            @ publius_maximus_III.

            The South Korean’s have developed a New Steel that is 3-times stronger then regular steel and 10-times cheaper that titanium…

          • publius_maximus_III

            Well then, sounds like we need to get Hyundai Heavy Industries busy making us some Arleigh Burke DDG’s. With that kind of steel, they could add armor plating below the waterline like on the old Battleships, and still remain a “Tin Can”…