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Bigger Navy Frigates Risk Oversized $1.4 Billion Cost Per Ship

The Navy truncated orders for its ill-fated Littoral Combat Ship because the small vessels were vulnerable to attack and too lightly armed.

Now, a new report suggests that the frigate intended to replace it may cost 56% more than projected partly because it’s bigger.

  • Tony Capaccio (Bloomberg)

The service projects that 18 of 20 new frigates will cost an average of $940 million each in inflation-adjusted dollars.

The first two are estimated at about $1 billion each because of one-time costs.

But the Congressional Research Service alerted lawmakers this week to “a potential issue” worth reviewing: the…

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