The Navy plans to spend about $28 billion to buy 55 Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) and at least 64 interchangeable mission packages to perform one of three missionsmine countermeasures, antisubmarine warfare, and surface warfarein waters close to shore. The Navy has been developing two different LCS seaframes and plans to select one for production in 2010. Due to the small 78-person crew size40 core crew, 23 for aviation detachment, and typically 15 for mission packagesthe Navy is developing new concepts for personnel, training, and maintenance. GAO was asked to assess the extent to which DOD has (1) estimated LCS long-term operating and support costs and (2) developed plans to operate and support LCS. To do so, GAO compared Navy cost estimates to DOD guidance and GAO best practices; and analyzed Navy plans to implement its concepts for personnel, training, and maintenance and the extent these plans included assessments of program risk.
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|