Naval procurement (1 - 10 of 89 items)
Ford-Class Carriers: Lead Ship Testing and Reliability Shortfalls Will Limit Initial Fleet Capabilities
GAO-13-396: Published: Sep 5, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 5, 2013.
The Navy faces technical, design, and construction challenges to completing Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) that have led to significant cost increases and reduced the likelihood that a fully functional ship will be delivered on time. The Navy has achieved mixed progress to date developing CVN 78's critical technologies, such as a system intended to more effectively launch aircraft from the ship. In an ef...
Fighter Aircraft: Better Cost Estimates Needed for Extending the Service Life of Selected F-16s and F/A-18s
GAO-13-51: Published: Nov 15, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2012.
The Air Force plans to upgrade and extend the service life of 300 F-16 aircraft and the Navy 150 F/A-18 aircraft, at a combined cost estimated at almost $5 billion in fiscal year 2013 dollars.The Air Force plans to extend the service life of selected F-16s by 2,000 flying hours each as well as install capability upgrades such as an improved radar. The Air Force estimates that it will complete this...
Littoral Combat Ship: Actions Needed to Improve Operating Cost Estimates and Mitigate Risks in Implementing New Concepts
GAO-10-257: Published: Feb 2, 2010. Publicly Released: Feb 2, 2010.
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 missions--mine countermeasures, antisubmarine warfare, and surface warfare--in 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 size--40...
Issues Related to Navy Battleships
GAO-06-279R: Published: Dec 13, 2005. Publicly Released: Dec 13, 2005.
Until World War II U.S. Navy battleships provided an impressive show of force and outgunned and outmaneuvered their ocean-going enemies. From World War II until the Persian Gulf War in 1991, the Navy's Iowa class battleships provided Naval Surface Fire Support capabilities with their 16-inch guns. Naval Surface Fire Support, together with land- and air-based components, makes up the joint "fires t...
Information on Options for Naval Surface Fire Support
GAO-05-39R: Published: Nov 19, 2004. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 2004.
Land-, air-, and sea-based components form the "fires triad" that is used to support Marine Corps amphibious assault operations. The sea-based part of the fires triad is referred to as Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS). The retirement of the last Iowa class battleship left a void in the NSFS part of the fires triad. To field a replacement NSFS capability, the Navy developed a two-phased plan in 19...
Navy Aviation: F/A-18E/F Development and Production Issues
NSIAD-98-61: Published: Mar 13, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the F/A-18E/F development program, focusing on the: (1) status of the E/F development flight test program; (2) deficiencies that have been identified to date and corrective actions planned; and (3) current cost estimate for the program.GAO noted that: (1) the Navy has revised the F/A-18E/F flight test program by decreasing the data collection requi...
Ship Self Defense: Program Priorities Are Questionable
NSIAD-97-195R: Published: Aug 15, 1997. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 1997.
As part of GAO's review of the Navy's Ship Self-Defense Program, GAO: (1) reviewed annual Ship Self-Defense and Antiair Warfare Defense program progress reports to Congress; (2) analyzed the Navy's plans for improving ship self-defense capabilities; (3) determined the extent to which scheduled improvements on various ship classes are meeting indicated priorities; and (4) sought information on the...
Program Status: Naval Surface Fire Support
NSIAD-97-179R: Published: Aug 6, 1997. Publicly Released: Aug 6, 1997.
GAO reviewed the Navy's two-phased Naval Surface Fire Support program, focusing on: (1) the status of the Navy's near-term phase, consisting of a modified 5-inch gun, extended-range guided munition, and warfare control system; and (2) identifying issues surrounding the long-term phase, which is needed to address currently stated requirements.GAO noted that: (1) the near-term phase of the Naval Sur...
CEC Sale of Federal Spectrum
NSIAD-97-40R: Published: Nov 13, 1996. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 1996.
GAO provided information on the effects of the transfer of certain radio frequencies on the Navy's Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) Program. GAO noted that: (1) the government conducts about 90 percent of its radio frequency operations below 3.1 gigahertz, but only has exclusive use of 17 percent of the spectrum; (2) the federal government is required to provide a span of radio frequencies...
Navy Aviation: F/A-18E/F will Provide Marginal Operational Improvement at High Cost
NSIAD-96-98: Published: Jun 18, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 1996.
GAO reviewed the Navy's plan to procure with F/A-18E/F aircraft, focusing on: (1) whether operational deficiencies in the F/A-18C/D cited by the Navy to justify the need for the F/A-18E/F have materialized and, if they have, the extent to which the F/A-18E/F would correct them; (2) whether the F/A-18E/F will provide an appreciable increase in operational capability over the F/A-18C/D; and (3) the...