A recent 45-day Navy shipbuilding review, initiated by Secretary Carlos Del Toro, has exposed concerning delays across several key programs.

According to reports released on Tuesday, April 2, these delays threaten to impact the Navy’s ability to maintain its technological edge and operational readiness.

Here’s a deeper dive into the challenges plaguing the Constellation-class frigates, Columbia-class submarines, and the broader shipbuilding landscape.

Constellation-class Frigates: A Case of Growing Pains

The most significant setback is the Constellation-class frigates, which were envisioned as agile and heavily armed additions to the fleet.

The lead ship, Constellation (FFG-62), could face a three-year delay, pushing delivery from 2026 to 2029.