September 22, 2006
Conferees agree $11 billion shipbuilding budget
A House-Senate conference has approved an FY2007 Defense Appropriations bill that includes a total of $11.0 billion for Navy shipbuilding and conversion. This includes $1.8 billion to purchase one Virginia-class submarine, $1.1 billion for one LHA(R) amphibious assault ship, $455 million for one T-AKE ammunition ship, and $521 million for two Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs). The recommendation funds the purchase of two lead DDG-1000 Zumwalt class destroyers [ this used to be the DD(X)], including $2.6 billion for this purpose.