Carronade The Yankee Sailor Carronade

The Sea is a choosy mistress. She takes the men that come to her and weighs them and measures them. The ones she adores, she keeps; the ones she hates, she destroys. The rest she casts back to land. I count myself among the adored, for I am Her willing Captive.

I've relocated to a new Yankee Sailor.

Friday, June 10, 2005

The HAC Hacks Shipbuilding Plan

As expected, the House Appropriations Committee make significant changes to the Navy's shipbuilding plan. Some highlights:

Overall, the HAC provides funding for eight new Navy ships in fiscal 2006, including a T-AKE ship, double the number of vessels requested in President Bush's fiscal 2006 budget plan, but unchanged from the number funded in the current fiscal 2005. HAC lawmakers provided $440 million for two Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) that Bush didn't request, adding to the $249 million for one LCS that Bush did propose.

The HAC bill deletes the Bush request for $715.99 million in advance procurement funds for a next-generation DD(X) destroyer, along with $304 million of advance funding for the DD(X) in the current fiscal 2005, stating that the destroyer program is troubled. That's a total of $1 billion slashed. But the bill does include $670 million of research, development, test and evaluation money to continue developing the future destroyer.

The news for the LCS is not entirely good, however:

As well, the HAC criticized the program to develop the modules, which are to be used interchangeably on either the GD or the Lockheed LCSs, terming the modules program "less mature. A number of these technologies have not been demonstrated in an operational environment, and cost estimates for the mission modules appear immature as well."