It may be possible to concentrate surface combatant construction at a single shipyard, but it wouldn’t be prudent.
In the next decade, the Navy will introduce two new classes of surface combatants, the SC-21 and the arsenal ship, while completing the Arleigh Burke (DDG-51)-class Aegis destroyers. At present, there are two dedicated shipyards for surface combatant construction—Bath Iron Works and Ingalls Shipbuilding—and the Navy most likely will use both to build any future classes. As the defense budget and procurement resources decrease, however, the question remains whether a further reduction in the number of surface combatant shipyards should be considered. Is it advisable for the United States to concentrate orders at a single yard?