Report: Navy’s Amphibious Shipbuilding Efforts Get Funding Boost in FY 2019 Minibus Spending Bill

The U.S. Navy would get $350M in fiscal 2019 funds to acquire a variant of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock under a minibus spending measure that passed the Senate on Tuesday, Defense News reported Friday.

The LPD-17 Flight II ship is designed to replace legacy dock-landing vessels used to launch amphibious vehicles onto the shore and helicopters.

The service would get $350M in additional funds to procure the Landing Helicopter Assault Ship 9, an additional $182.5M to purchase three more ship-to-shore connector vessel and $225M to buy an expeditionary fast-transport ship.

Bryan Clark, an analyst with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and a retired submarine officer, said the congressional move to boost funding for amphibious shipbuilding efforts seeks to support the Navy’s goal to achieve a 355-ship fleet.

The minibus measure is now headed to the lower chamber for a final vote, according to the report.

You may also be interested in...

Bill Nelson

NASA Reorganizes Structure for Exploration Systems, Space Operations; Administrator Bill Nelson Quoted

NASA has split an existing mission directorate into two separate ones focusing on exploration systems and space operations, respectively. The space agency said Tuesday its current Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate will divide to support a growing number of low-Earth orbit space operations and deep space programs, including Artemis.