Congress has made the latest course change in the U.S. Navy's convoluted surface combatant program. It has now funded the third DDG-1000 destroyer in the Fiscal Year 2009 budget asoriginally requested in the President's budget proposal. This action ran counter to the Navy's making it known that it wished to limit the program to two ships and, instead, return to building destroyers of the Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) class. Indeed, there was even talk within the Navy spaces in the Pentagon of cancelling the first two DDG-1000s, ordered earlier this year, and accepting the massive cancellation fee.
With respect to the congressional action, an explanatory statement by David R. Obey (D-Wisconsin), chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, said: