House Bill Cuts DDG 1000 Funding
In Favor Of Restarting Burke Class
Concerned that costs on the Navy’s future destroyer will soon spiral out of control, the
House Armed Services Committee has taken
steps to put an indefinite hold on the program.
In its version of the fiscal 2009 defense authorization bill, the committee agreed to cut the $2.5 billion
requested by the Pentagon for the third DDG 1000
Instead, lawmakers inserted $400 million into the
bill for advanced procurement for either another DDG
1000 or to restart production on the older, but less
expensive, DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.
House Armed Services seapower and expeditionary
forces subcommittee Chairman Gene Taylor, D-Miss.,
already has signaled how he wants the Navy to use that
money. During his subcommittee’s markup of the bill,
Taylor said the panel “strongly urges” the Navy to
direct the money to the DDG 51 program.
The committee’s bill puts the House lawmakers at
odds with their counterparts on the Senate Armed
Services Committee, who fully funded the Navy’s
request for the DDG 1000. The two chambers will have
to reconcile the differences in the bills during conference negotiations later this year.
The House was expected to approve the bill in late
May. No changes, however, were expected to the DDG
1000 cut approved by the House committee.
The cut prompted an immediate outcry from members of the Maine delegation, where some of the DDG
1000s will be built at General Dynamics’ Bath Iron
Works (BIW). Northrop Grumman’s Ingalls shipyard in
Pascagoula, Miss., which lies in Taylor’s district, is also
building the DDG 1000.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said House efforts to direct
money away from the Zumult-class DDG 1000 destroyer
program are “ill advised.” Here, she addresses the Maine
Republican convention May 3 in Augusta. Collins is running for a third term in office.
Bath and Ingalls also produced
the DDG 51.
“The House defense authorization bill is ill advised,” Susan
Collins, R-Maine, a member of the
Senate Armed Services Committee,
said in a statement. “The cuts to
the DDG 1000 proposed by the
House Armed Services Committee
would be devastating to the skilled
workers at BIW, detrimental to our
national security and is not consis-
tent with the Navy’s goal of a 313-
Taylor, a long-time shipbuilding
advocate, has said he believes
restarting production on the DDG
51, instead of continuing the DDG