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An Alternative Comparison of DDG 2 to DDG 51 Costs

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The fact that there has been a 123% real cost growth between cost comparison of a DDG 2 guided missile destroyer ship to a DDG 51 Flight IIA class ship has received a great deal of publicity in presentations by senior officers and in an independent RAND analysis of shipbuilding costs. The basis of this comparison is a unit‐to‐unit analysis which compares unfavorably to a real cost growth of automobiles over the same time. However, a DDG 51 displaces twice as much as a DDG 2. If one normalizes the destroyers to a cost per ton basis, the majority of the real cost growth goes away and it is closer to the commercial items real cost growth. In an appendix, a series of tables compares the features of a DDG 2 with those of DDG 51.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2006

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  • The Naval Engineers Journal is the peer-reviewed journal of the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE). ASNE is the leading professional engineering society for engineers, scientists and allied professionals who conceive, design, develop, test, construct, outfit, operate and maintain complex naval and maritime ships, submarines and aircraft and their associated systems and subsystems.
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