Workforce Shortages Delay U.S. Navy’s New Frigate

The branch is analyzing and strategizing with the contracted manufacturer of the first Constellation-class vessel.

The U.S. Navy’s new Constellation-class frigate will be delayed at least a year as the Wisconsin shipyard, which won the construction contract four years ago, is hundreds of workers short in staffing. Construction on the first guided-missile vessel began in September of 2022. The military branch informed Congress that delivery will likely happen in 2027.

Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro said he has directed a review of ship acquisition “to provide an assessment of national and local causes of shipbuilding challenges, as well as recommended actions for achieving a healthier U.S. shipbuilding industrial base that provides combat capabilities that our warfighters need, on a schedule that is relevant.”

Secretary Del Toro continued, “I remain concerned with the lingering effects of post-pandemic conditions on our shipbuilders and their suppliers that continue to affect our shipbuilding programs, particularly our Columbia Class Ballistic Missile Submarines and Constellation Class Frigate.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Del Toro to be led by the Lord as he heads the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
  • For members of Congress as they consider the significant construction delays of the military vessels.

Sources: Defense News, USNI News

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