Congresswoman Elaine Luria Passes Amendment to FY21 NDAA to Require Study on Technology Insertion on New Ships

July 1, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Armed Services Committee unanimously passed Congresswoman Elaine Luria’s amendment to the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act that requires the Navy to answer serious questions about its shipbuilding practices.

“The ongoing delays on the lead FORD class aircraft carrier may indicate systemic problems with how new technologies are developed and incorporated, and this amendment will help bring to light areas where the Navy can improve its shipbuilding practices,” said Congresswoman Luria. “I remain concerned that the Navy declares success when a $13 billion ship is going to deploy six years past its original design timeline. This delay is straining the rest of the carrier fleet and adversely impacting readiness. I look forward to reviewing the Navy’s report.”

Congresswoman Luria has consistently expressed concerns about the delivery of FORD, specifically persistent problems with the ship’s weapons elevators. As the deployment of FORD continues to be delayed, more than half of the elevators that carry munitions are not functional. This delay has already caused the existing carriers to extend their deployments and re-deploy on short timelines, resulted in no East Coast carriers available to surge deploy for four months in 2019, and takes an excessive toll on the crews assigned to operational carriers. Congresswoman Luria also notes that similar problems with new systems on the DDG-1000 ship class and Littoral Combat Ships resulted in late and incomplete delivery of the lead ships in those new ship classes.

Click here for the amendment text.

Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.