Navy releases list of 39 ships to decommission in FY-23

By Audrey Decker / August 16, 2022 at 1:18 PM

The Navy wants to decommission 39 ships in fiscal year 2023, according to its annual ship inactivation schedule.

Out of the 39 ships, 17 have been marked by either House or Senate committees to be saved in FY-23, according to a list released Friday.

The plan will be adjusted based on “subsequent execution year decisions made by leadership or as required by final congressional action,” the Navy states.

The House Armed Services Committee’s fiscal year 2023 defense policy bill would prohibit the inactivation of more than four guided-missile cruisers and specifically saves the Vicksburg (CG-69) from decommissioning. The bill also would prohibit the retirement of four amphibious vessels: Germantown (LSD-42), Gunston Hall (LSD-44), Tortuga (LSD-46) and Ashland (LSD-48).

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee’s FY-23 spending bill would prohibit the decommissioning of five Littoral Combat Ships: Fort Worth (LCS-3), Wichita (LCS-13), Billings (LCS-15), Indianapolis (LCS-17) and St. Louis (LCS-19).

The Senate Armed Services Committee’s defense policy bill would prohibit the retirement of five LCS, four LSDs and two Expeditionary Transfer Docks, as well as the Vicksburg (CG-69).

The committees will reconcile a final number when the House and Senate meet in conference.