US Navy took delivery of an aircraft carrier missing elevators to bring bombs to aircraft

❝ The $13 billion Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier, the U.S. Navy’s costliest warship, was delivered last year without elevators needed to lift bombs from below deck magazines for loading on fighter jets.

❝ Previously undisclosed problems with the 11 elevators for the ship built by Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. add to long-standing reliability and technical problems with two other core systems — the electromagnetic system to launch planes and the arresting gear to catch them when they land…

Problems with the elevators add to questions about the Navy’s plan to bundle the third and fourth carriers in the $58 billion Ford class into one contract. It’s part of the service’s push to expand its 284-ship fleet to 355 as soon as the mid-2030s.

❝ Congress gave the Navy permission for the two-at-once contract in this year’s defense spending and policy bills despite the unresolved technical issues and the lack of a Navy estimate so far of how much money it would save the service…

Same as it ever was. At least since the end of World war 2.

5 thoughts on “US Navy took delivery of an aircraft carrier missing elevators to bring bombs to aircraft

  1. eideard says:

    At this moment, I’m watching an even happier version of the same kind of song a little further along the same coast: 1st half, Bournemouth 1 – 0 Manchester United. Hope it holds up.

  2. Update says:

    U.S. Navy awards $14.9B contract for two Ford-class aircraft carriers (Feb 1, 2019) According to the U.S. Department of Defense, Huntington Ingalls Industries – Newport News Shipbuilding is awarded the detail design and construction (DD&C) efforts for nuclear-powered aircraft carriers Enterprise (CVN 80) and unnamed CVN 81 under the following contract actions: (1) A $14,917,738,145 fixed-price-incentive-firm target modification to previously awarded contract N00024-16-C-2116 for DD&C efforts for the future USS Enterprise (CVN 80) and unnamed CVN 81. Work is expected to be completed by February 2032.
    See also: “Would Trump’s border wall cost the same as one and a half U.S. aircraft carriers?” (April, 2017)

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