April 28, 2006
House panel completes FY 2007 Navy shipbuilding mark up
The Projection Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee has completed its mark up of H.R. 5122, the National Defense Authorization Act for F Y 2007.
Overall, the subcommittee mark up adds $1.3 billion to the Administration's $30.7 billion dollar request.
Initiatives that support the Administration's budget submission include:
The mark also includes several additional procurement initiatives that are outside of the Administration's budget. They include:
The mark, according to Chairman Roscoe Bartlett, "also includes legislative initiatives to contain shipbuilding costs by holding the Navy to their cost estimates on CVN-21, LHA(R) and LPD-17. These provisions support the Chief of Naval Operations' shipbuilding plan which he can only hope to afford by keeping these programs within Navy cost estimates."
The mark also provides the President's request of $2.6 billion dollars for the next generation destroyer (DD(X)) program. It authorizes the procurement of one ship, but also authorizes the Secretary of the Navy to enter into detail design contracts with two shipyards, allowing both efforts to move forward.
The mark also includes provisions regarding force structure that include mandating a minimum attack submarine force of 48 submarines.