US Navy Ship Age

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Major U.S. Navy Ships By Age.

The Navy has ordered 7 LPD-17 San Antonio class Amphibious Transport docks, and has plans for five more. The first is scheduled to be commissioned in December of 2005. Purchases have been curtailed in the 2006 Department of Defense budget.

The only Virginia class submarine in service was delivered in 2004. Eleven more have been ordered, but the rate of purchases has been slowed in the 2006 budget.

There are two Seawolf class submarines in service (delivered 1997 and 1998 and due to be retired in 2027 and 2028). A third Seawolf, the Jimmy Carter was delivered in 2005 and to be retired in 2031, it is an oversized version.

The Navy also has 4 LSD-49 Harper’s Ferry class Amphibious ships (Landing Ship, Dock) commissioned 1994-1998, and due to be decommissioned 2024-2028. These are minor variation on Whidbey class.

The Navy has 12 MHC-51 Osprey class Coastal Mine Hunters commissioned between 1993 and 1999.

The Navy has 43 DDG-51 Arleigh Burke class destroyers in service. They were commissioned between 1991 and 2004. They are scheduled to be decommissioned between 2026 and 2039. Seventeen more are in the works.

The Navy has 7 LHD-1 Wasp class Amphibious Assault ships, commissioned 1989-2001 with 30-40 years of projected service. One more is scheduled to be commissioned in 2006.

The Navy has 14 MCM-1 Avenger class Mine Countermeasures ship commissioned in 1987-1990.

The Navy has two T-AH 19 Mercy class hospital ships commissioned in 1986 and 1987 respectively.

The Navy has 24 CG-47 Ticonderoga class cruisers in service. The oldest was built in 1985 and is scheduled to be decommissioned in 2005. Another was commissioned in 1987 and is scheduled to be decommissioned in 2006. These are both “baseline 1” ships. The remaining ships were commissioned from 1986-1994 (all were ordered during the Reagan administration) and are due