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Navy Aegis Cruiser and Destroyer Modernization: Background and Issues for Congress
Ronald O’Rourke (au)
The Navy has begun a program modernize to its 84 existing Aegis cruisers and destroyers over a period of more than 20 years. The program’s estimated total cost is about $16.6 billion in constantFY2010 dollars. The Navy’s proposed FY2010 budget requests $674.8 million in funding for Aegis ship modernization. The modernizations are intended to ensure that the ships can be operated cost-effectively throughout their entire 35-year intended service lives. The programposes several potential oversight issues for Congress, including the issue of which shipyards should perform the work, and how the modernization program fits into the Navy’s larger plans for the future of its surface combatant force. Contents of this report: (I) Introduction; (II) Background: Aegis Cruisers and Destroyers; Aegis Ship Industrial Base; Construction Shipyards; Overhaul and Repair Shipyards; Combat System Manufacturers; Purpose of Aegis Ship Modernization Effort; Planned Modernization Work; Cost; FY2010 Funding Request; Schedule; Shipyards Performing The Work; (III) Potential Issues for Congress: Cost Impact of BMD Addition; Overall Vision Behind Program; Shipyards For DDG-51 Modernizations; Scope of DDG-51 Modernizations; Service Life Extension to 40 Years; Aegis Open Architecture; (IV) Legislative Activity for FY2010. Tables.
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