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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

GAO Report: Navy Exceeds Budget, Delivers Fewer Ships Than Expected

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Wednesday released a report stating that the U.S. Navy exceeded its budget of $11 billion and fell 50 vessels short of a goal to acquire of a fleet of 330 ships.

The report stated that in 2007 the U.S. Navy set several goals, including the budget and the goal for total number of ships. The Navy has also experienced a number of scheduling delays and delivered ships with less capability and lower quality than expected, according to GAO.

“These poor outcomes persist because policy and processes enable the Navy to deviate from shipbuilding best practices,” said GAO. “The Navy is planning its biggest fleet size increase in over 30 years. This creates an opportunity for the Navy to improve how it buys ships, adopt a more disciplined approach, and avoid past difficulties.”

A summary of the report can be viewed here. The full report can be found here.

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