Document: GAO Report on Slowing Frigate Development

December 8, 2016 10:11 AM

The following is the Dec. 8, 2016 Government Accountability Office report, Littoral Combat Ship and Frigate:Slowing Planned Frigate Acquisition Would Enable Better-Informed Decisions.

From the report:

Slowing Planned Frigate Acquisition Would Enable
Better-Informed Decisions

What GAO Found
The Navy’s vision for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program has evolved
significantly over the last 15 years, reflecting degradations of the underlying
business case. Initial plans to experiment with two different prototype ships
adapted from commercial designs were abandoned early in favor of an
acquisition approach that committed to numerous ships before proving their
capabilities. Cost, schedule, and capability expectations have eroded over time,
as shown in the table below. More recently, the Navy attributed a series of
engineering casualties on delivered LCS to shortfalls in crew training, seaframe
design, and construction quality.

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News. He has covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services since 2009 and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
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