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Report to Congress on Navy Columbia-Class Submarine Program

The following is the June 29, 2018 Congressional Research Service report, Navy Columbia Class (Ohio Replacement) Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN-826) Program: Background and Issues for Congress.

From the report:

The Columbia (SSBN-826) class program, previously known as the Ohio replacement program (ORP) or SSBN(X) program, is a program to design and build a new class of 12 ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) to replace the Navy’s current force of 14 Ohio-class SSBNs. The Navy has identified the Columbia-class program as the Navy’s top priority program. The Navy wants to procure the first Columbia-class boat in FY2021. The Navy’s proposed FY2019 budget requests $3,005.3 million in advance procurement (AP) funding and $704.9 million in research and development funding for the program.

The Navy as of January 2017 estimated the procurement cost of the lead ship in the class at $8.2 billion in constant 2017 dollars, not including several billion dollars in additional cost for plans for the class, and the average unit procurement cost of ships 2 through 12 in the program at $6.5 billion each in constant FY2017 dollars. An April 2018 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report assessing selected major DOD weapon acquisition programs stated that the estimated total acquisition cost of the Columbia-class program is $102,075.3 million (about $102.1 billion) in constant FY2018 dollars, including $12,901.0 million (about $12.9 billion) in research and development costs and $89,174.3 million (about $89.2 billion) in procurement costs. Observers are concerned about the impact the Columbia-class program will have on the Navy’s ability to fund the procurement of other types of ships at desired rates in the 2020s and early 2030s.

Issues for Congress for the Columbia-class program for FY2019 include the following:

  • whether to approve, reject, or modify the Navy’s FY2019 funding requests for the program;
  • cost, schedule, and technical risk in the Columbia-class program; and
  • the prospective affordability of the Columbia-class program and its potential impact on funding available for other Navy programs.

via fas.org

  • Leatherstocking

    These are useless report formats. USNI previously allowed downloads. Just give us a link so we can download the pdf.

    • Duane

      yup!! Especially if one is using a mobile device.

      • Leatherstocking

        I contribute each year to their money appeal and I’m a USNI life member but no one listens.

    • BillEvart

      If you click the “View Document in Fullscreen” button on the lower left, the window that opens has a PDF download link.

      Which yes, would be nice to have without that extra step.

  • OddMan

    Interesting boat, I was on the old 626. It would be interesting to see the new 826 boat if it gets built.

    • donny1040

      Hi Mate. You were on the (SSBN-626) Daniel Webster ? Very nice. I took the SSBN-726 OHIO out for her Post Sea Trials Availability Trial as the GD Sea Trials Coordinator (I was the lead sea trials coordinator for the SSN 688 class at the time). I would also like to see the SSBN 826 equipment and layout. I can’t fathom the changes that must have been made between your 626 and the 826. Full sized pool, underwater track, basket ball court ? LOL. (Don’t tell anyone that I was in the USMC for 3 years before joining GD-EB, they won’t believe it.) Hope you get your wish.

      • OddMan

        Yep, I was on the Webster. ERUL for 6 patrols. I was on her when she still had bow planes. She is the last of the 41 for freedom still working, a moored training ship (MTS-626).