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Cost to Fully Modernize 20,000 Stateside Navy Base Buildings Pegged at $49 Billion

December 4, 2023

Alison Bath

Stars and Stripes

A rainbow is seen behind Naval Hospital Bremerton at Bremerton, Wash. An analysis by the Congressional Budget Office found that the Navy would have to spend more than $49 billion on upgrades to 20,000 buildings at its U.S. bases to get the facilities up to standard and improve them. (Douglas Stutz/Naval Hospital Bremerton)

By Alison Bath, Stars and Stripes / December 1, 2023

The Navy would have to spend more than $49 billion to fully repair and upgrade roughly 20,000 buildings on its U.S. bases, according to a new federal report that found maintenance for housing and other facilities chronically underfunded.

Eliminating a $17 billion maintenance backlog and making $32 billion in improvements to the buildings would cost a little less than half of the money needed to replace themthe Congressional Budget Office said in a report released Thursday.

The report, based on a 2020 study, noted that the costs likely were already higher and would continue to grow.

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