21 March 2019

This report — https://www.secnav.navy.mil/fmc/fmb/Documents/20pres/PB20%2030-year%20Shipbuilding%20Plan%20Final.pdf — is the Department of the Navy’s (DoN) 30-year shipbuilding plan for FY2020-FY2049. The FY2020 President’s Budget (PB2020) provides planned funding to procure the ships included in the FY2020-FY2024 Future Years Defense Program (FYDP). Per the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the estimated operations and sustainment costs required to support the vessels delivered under the shipbuilding plan are included. Unless otherwise noted, funding levels are shown in constant year (CY) FY2019 dollars.

Key Themes

The National Defense Strategy and the Navy Strategy provide the overarching high-level requirements for the Navy the Nation Needs, the Navy’s enduring plan for building and sustaining a lethal, resilient force through balanced investments across readiness, capability, and capacity. This 30-year shipbuilding plan is the foundation of the Navy’s future, with the following highlights:

  • Continues the driving themes of adaptability, agility, and efficiency in both the ships and the industrial base that builds them, while pursuing the Secretary of the Navy’s reform initiatives across a number of measurable process improvements in acquisition and program execution.
  • Acts on the FY2018 NDAA supporting the Navy’s validated minimum requirement of the correct mix of 355 battle force ships, and the FY2019 NDAA direction to include estimated sustainment costs for a larger fleet within the context of a balanced investment plan.
  • Demonstrates the powerful combined impact of predictable shipbuilding profiles and stable, on-time funding (absent a continuing resolution), and portends the potential damaging impact of Budget Control Act sequestration on the future success of this plan.
  • Includes procurement of 55 battle force ships within the FYDP and rebalances service life extensions (SLE) to produce a steady ramp to the aggregate goal of 355 approximately 20 years sooner than last year’s plan. This steady profile provides a predictable forecast for supporting acquisition programs and reform efforts in shipbuilding, maintenance, and personnel management.
  • Includes $4B in savings (18%) through a negotiated two-ship aircraft carrier procurement plan and removes one aircraft carrier refueling overhaul – the combined savings supports pursuing balanced investments in next generation capabilities.
  • Captures the fiscal challenge of sustaining the shipbuilding plan while introducing serial production of the new Columbia-class SSBN.
  • Discusses commercial shipbuilding challenges regarding recapitalizing the auxiliary fleet in support of the employment concept of Distributed Maritime Operations (DMO).