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Marine Log

November 6, 2007

Conferees complete FY 2008 Defense Appropriations Bill

House and Senate conferees today completed the final $459.6 billion Fiscal Year 2008 Defense Appropriations Bill. Here are preliminary details of the Navy shipbuilding provisions.

The bill provides $938 million above the President's request for advanced construction funding of five additional ships (1 LPD-17 Amphibious Transport Dock, 3 T-AKE Ammunition/Dry Cargo Carrier, 1 Virginia Class Submarine).

According to Congressman John P. Murtha, Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, "this procurement increase is essential to ensuring the stability of our country's shipbuilding industry and to maintain sea superiority."

According to a summary released by the Senate Appropriations Committee, the bill:

  • Supports the budget request for two lead DDG-1000 Zumwalt class destroyers

  • Reduces funding for the Littoral Combat ship (LCS) program by $571 million [although Littoral Combat Ships 1 and 2 are fully funded under the Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Title of the bill.]

  • Adds $588 million for the Virginia Class submarine program

  • Fully funds the destroyer and cruiser modernization programs

  • Eliminates Littoral Combat Ship Mission Module funding due to shipbuilding delays, and instead provides funds for two key stand-alone mine warfare technologies

  • Funds one T-AKE Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ship

  • Adds an additional $300 million for advance procurement of T-AKE ships

  • Adds $50 million in advance procurement for another LPD-17 ship

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