On 1 November 2001, the Navy announced the end of the DD-21 program that was initiated almost a decade ago to develop a specialized land-attack destroyer. In its place, the Navy has established a new DD(X) program "to more accurately reflect the program purpose, which is to produce a family of advanced technology surface combatants, not a single class."
From the DD(X) effort a family of programs is expected to evolve, among them a large CG(X) cruiser and smaller littoral combat ship (LCS). Also evolving will be a series of system upgrades for aircraft carriers as well as surface combatants.
The change appears to be another move by the Department of Defense to put off a "final" decision on procurement of the Navy's next surface combatant, i.e., the successor to the Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) class. After several earlier postponements, the two industry teams competing for the DD-21 now face further delays. The teams were to submit their final proposals to the Navy in November, with selection of the DD-21 design and the lead construction yard scheduled for June 2002.