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John Lewis Class Oiler Program Report to Congress


The following is the Congressional Research Service report of August 31, 2021, Navy John Lewis (TAO-205) Class Oiler Shipbuilding Program: Background and Issues for Congress.

From the report

The Navy purchased its first John Lewis-class tanker (TAO-205) in fiscal 2016, and a total of six were purchased in fiscal 2021, including the fifth and sixth during fiscal year fiscal year 2020. The first six TAO-205s are purchased under a bulk purchase contract authorized by article 127 of the law on the authorization of national defense for fiscal year 2016 (S. 1356 / PL 114-92 of November 25, 2015) and are built by General Dynamics. / National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (GD / NASSCO) of San Diego, CA.

The Navy wants to procure a total of 20 TAO-205s. The Navy’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2022 requests $ 668.2 million for the purchase of a seventh-class TAO-205 vessel, and additional funding of $ 76.0 million for advance procurement ( AP) for the purchase of another TAO-205 in an upcoming fiscal year.

The questions for Congress are:

  • cost growth and schedule delays for the TAO-205 program;
  • the potential impact of the COVID-19 situation on the execution of US military shipbuilding programs, including the TAO-205 program;
  • whether to purchase one TAO-205 class vessel (as requested), no TAO-205 class vessel, or two TAO-205 class vessels in fiscal year 2022;
  • the total number of TAO-205s that the Navy will need in the coming years to support its operations, in particular in light of the Navy’s new Operational Concept of Distributed Maritime Operations (DMO);
  • questions regarding the TAO-205 program discussed in a June 2021 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report assessing key DOD procurement programs; and
  • whether to encourage or direct the Navy to build TAO-205s with more ship self-defense equipment than the Navy currently plans.

Download the document here.


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