The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is a relatively inexpensive Navy surface combatant equipped with modular “plug-and-fight” mission packages. The Navy wants to field a force of 55 LCSs. Twelve LCSs have been funded through FY2012, and the FY2013-FY2017 Future Years Defense Plan (FYDP) calls for procuring 16 more, in annual quantities of 4-4-4-2-2.
The planned size of the Navy, the rate of Navy ship procurement, and the prospective affordability of the Navy’s shipbuilding plans have been matters of concern for the congressional defense committees for the past several years.
June 5, 2012 U.S. Navy directions dealing with cannibalization of parts onboard ships.
The U.S. Navy’s shipbuilding plan.
June 14, 2012 Congressional Research Service report: “Navy Force Structure and Shipbuilding Plans: Background and Issues for Congress,” by Ronald O’Rourke