House Seapower panel set to add second destroyer to Navy budget

Written by Nick Blenkey
Gibbs & Cox designed destroyer

DDG-51 class destroyer

The House Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces today released its proposals for the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The subcommittee will meet tomorrow for its mark up of the bill and it looks set to follow the Senate Armed Services Committee’s example in passing a version of the FY 2022 NDAA that puts back the second Arleigh Burke class destroyer that the Navy had cut from its request.

The House Seapower panel today released highlights of its proposal that note that it:

  • Recommends the restoration of a second Arleigh Burke class destroyer.
  • Recommends to the full committee that the Navy procure eight battle force ships including two Virginia-class submarines; two DDG 51 Arleigh Burke destroyers; one guided missile Frigate (FFG); one T-AO fleet oiler; one T-AGOS(X) surveillance ship; and one T-ATS towing, salvage, and rescue ships.
  • Includes a provision that will help ensure ship designs are adequately mature at the start of construction.
  • Requires the Navy to make sustainment a Key Performance Parameter (KPP) during the solicitation.
  • Adds additional components to the continuous production authority within the National Sea Based Deterrence Fund (NSBDF).
  • Requires the Navy to implement a land-based test program for the DDG(X) destroyer program.
  • Requires the Navy to include an advanced degaussing system in the next multi-year contract for DDG-51 destroyers.
  • Fully fund the Tanker Security Fleet at the authorized level of $60 million.
  • Recommends funding of the 5th National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV) for the State Maritime Academies.

Download the full Seapower & Projection Forces subcommittee proposal

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