Status of the CG-47 Cruiser and DDG-51 Destroyer Shipbuilding Programs

Gao ID: C-MASAD-83-11 February 22, 1983

In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the status of the Navy's CG-47 cruiser and DDG-51 destroyer shipbuilding programs and commented on issues raised in prior GAO reports.

GAO found that: (1) operational testing of the CG-47 Aegis combat system was not adequately completed before it was commissioned; (2) the Navy plans to install SPS-49 radar systems on the CG-47 class against congressional wishes and an earlier GAO recommendation; (3) the CG-47 displacement and center of gravity exceed design goals, which could have an adverse effect on the ship's speed and stability; and (4) the estimated cost of the DDG-51 destroyer has increased to the point where the Chief of Naval Operations has said that it is not affordable and is no longer a cost alternative to the CG-47.


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