The Navy’s public shipyards are critical to maintaining its nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines, as well as supporting its operations around the world. In 2017, we found the shipyards were in poor condition and not meeting the Navy’s needs. In response, the Navy developed a 20-year, $21 billion plan to fix them.
However, we found the preliminary plan’s cost estimate is likely understated by billions of dollars. It is missing key elements such as adjustments for inflation, environmental remediation, and utility upgrades.
We recommended that the Navy include these missing elements when it produces its more detailed cost estimate.
Puget Sound’s Dry Dock 3, built in 1919, is too shallow, not certified to handle nuclear fuel, and requires upgrades.