The US Navy has clashed with Congress over a five-month delay in a study on amphibious ships.
The study is in the “final stages,” according to Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro.
Del Toro added that he “hopes” the study will be submitted to Congress “within the next month or so,” according to Breaking Defense.
He also said the study “will be communicated to senior leadership.”
The study, which is a joint effort by the Navy and Marine Corps, aims to inform Congress on how many of the ships in its fleet are needed.
With the Navy set to retire more than 40 ships in fiscal 2023 and 2024, a plan is needed to determine what new ships will be needed.
The Marine Corps claims the Navy needs at least 31 amphibious ships, according to the US Naval Institute.
But Congress, and particularly the Senate Armed Services Committee, has been waiting for the report for months.
“During your annual troop retention hearing in May, we asked about the status of a study you commissioned to analyze the number of amphibious ships needed in our naval fleet,” Senate Armed Services Committee member Roger Wicker wrote and Tim Kaine, in a letter dated November 14, as reported by POLITICO.
“They told us the study would be released ‘in the next few weeks.’
“It has now been more than five months since that hearing, but the results of the study have still not been shared with any of us.
“We urge you to immediately provide the unredacted, unedited results of the study.
“If the study is still incomplete, please provide a reason why it is incomplete, whether you need additional resources to complete the study and when you expect it to be completed, and the results upon completion.”
However, the results of the study were hinted at by other executives.
“The result will not surprise you … It is no less. It’s no less,” Marine Corps Commander-General David Berger said at the Pentagon in May.
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