WASHINGTON – The US Navy’s top acquisition official was upbeat as he met with media…
The aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is the most expensive ship ever built by the US government, and quite possibly by any government. No one knows the true price given the various computational ways to figure the costs of design and development of the ship and its various systems, building the carrier and buying thousands of installed systems and components, and getting all those systems to work as intended. The final bill isn’t in, but all things considered, it is safe to say it will be somewhere north of $15 billion.
WASHINGTON — The strenuous efforts being undertaken by the US Navy to maintain and update its fleet are clearly visible in ports near naval bases, where repair yards have as much business as they can handle. The service is moving to streamline and consolidate the contracting end of overhauls and group multiple ships under one contract award – an approach industry has asked for to gain greater workload stability. And a new senior position has been established in the Navy Department to focus on sustainment policy, planning and execution across the Navy and Marine Corps.