GAO pushes for delaying USN Future Frigate

21 April 2017

Key Points

  • US GAO recommends delaying USN frigate acquisition till FY 2019
  • GAO suggests that extra time would improve design and capabilities of the future class

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that Congress delay acquisition of the Future Frigate till Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) in order for the US Navy (USN) to gain more knowledge and make better informed decisions regarding the ship's cost, design, and capabilities, a GAO report announced on 18 April.

The report explains that while the USN's acquisition strategy maintains that Congress would continue oversight through annual appropriations decisions for the potential USD9 billion programme, approval of a block buy of 12 frigates in FY18 would effectively represent approval of the entire planned buy of 40 Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) and frigates.

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