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Fri Jun 28, 2013, 08:36 AM

Navy Should Delay Next Carrier Amid Troubles, GAO Says


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Navy Should Delay Next Carrier Amid Troubles, GAO Says
By Tony Capaccio - 2013-06-27T21:29:57Z

The U.S. Navy should delay the award of a multibillion-dollar contract to Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. (HII) to build the second aircraft carrier in a new class as the first one faces failings from its radar to the gear that launches planes, congressional investigators said.

“Technical, design and construction challenges” with the first carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, have caused “significant cost increases and reduce the likelihood that a fully functional ship will be delivered on time,” the Government Accountability Office said in a draft report obtained by Bloomberg News.

The Ford, already the most expensive warship ever built, is projected to cost $12.8 billion, 22 percent more than estimated five years ago. The report raises questions about the future of U.S. seapower in a time of reduced defense budgets and about whether new carriers are affordable as they assume greater importance in the Pentagon’s strategy to project U.S. power in the Asia-Pacific region.

Delays and “reliability deficiencies” with the flattop’s new dual-mission radar, electromagnetic launch system and arresting gear for aircraft mean that the Ford “will likely face operational limitations that extend past commissioning” in March 2016 and “into initial deployments,” the agency said.

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Vinnie From Indy Jun 2013 #1

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Fri Jun 28, 2013, 08:38 AM

1. There should be an imprisonment clause in every contract

to build these ships. Too far over budget, go to jail.

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