Saturday, September 7, 2013

GAO report slams Navy's new Ford-class aircraft carrier

The USS Gerald R. Ford, the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, won’t be ready for its planned 2016 commissioning due to poor testing, construction delays and cost overruns, a Government Accountability Office review warned Friday.

The ship’s “technical, design, and construction challenges” of the CVN78, the first of three new nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, “have led to significant cost increases and reduced the likelihood that a fully functional ship will be delivered on time,” the GAO said. “The Navy has achieved mixed progress to date developing CVN 78’s critical technologies, such as a system intended to more effectively launch aircraft from the ship.”



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