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Document: Navy’s 30-Year Shipbuilding Plan to Congress for Fiscal Year 2017

The following is the U.S. Navy’s Report to Congress on the Annual Long-Range Plan for Construction of Naval Vessels for Fiscal Year 2017 issued on July, 12 2016.

  • baruch_gershom

    There are two or three Ticonderoga-class cruisers awaiting disposal. Rather than sink them or dismantle them, maybe the Navy should modernize those ships first, get them ready to go back to sea, and use them to keep our numbers up while other cruisers are being modernized. Why not?

    • fat eddie

      Could easily be the “Go to” ship’s for local CONUS ops, drug interdiction, freeing up maintenance time for fully manned and deployable ships

      • baruch_gershom

        The first 20 or so of the LCS boats will most likely take that roll.

    • Beomoose

      It’s an idea which keeps coming back, but the same issue always arises: Upgrading the Baseline 0 and 1 cruisers would require ripping out their Mk 26s and replacing them with VLS along with ripping out all their Aegis hardware to bring it up to current spec. If you don’t do that, you’re not getting a capable enough combatant and if you do it you’re approaching the cost of a new ship. Either way, it’s a lot of money and resources going to two or three hulls that have already done 20 years strong service and have been sitting around for over a decade now.

      • baruch_gershom

        The Ticonderogas and the Spruances were build for modular upgrades of systems. “Tearing out” the missiles or anything was never supposed to be expensive or difficult. One of the biggest cost s of any ship is the engine plant. Here you’ve got standard gas t urbines that have been used on navy ships for decades. None of the Spruances or the Ticos should have been sunk. That was a waste of money and, if you think of it, something we couldnt afford to do in the long run. We pushed those ships aside thinking that the DDG 1000 and the CGX were going to happen in large enough numbers to replace the retired ships — and they didn’t. So we’ve restarted the DDG 51 line — at great expense.

        • fat eddie

          What sunk the Spruance’s was it’s combat system suite, the NTDS was not compatible with AEGIS from what I understand, like you say, they were made to swap packages except the one (NTDS)