Yes Virginia, things are that screwed up….
From CNN we learn;
The $13-billion USS Gerald R. Ford is already two years behind schedule, and the U.S. Navy’s newest aircraft carrier is facing more delays after the Pentagon’s top weapons tester concluded the ship is still not ready for combat despite expectations it would be delivered to the fleet this September.
According to a June 28 memo from the Department of Defense;
…the most expensive warship in history continues to struggle launching and recovering aircraft, moving onboard munitions, conducting air traffic control and with ship self-defense.
Commanders said delays to the USS Gerald R. Ford have resulted in extended deployments for the operational carriers in order for the Navy to meet its commitments around the world, placing additional stress on sailors and crew members.
The USS Gerald Ford is the first of three Ford-class carriers ordered by the Navy with combined cost expected close to $42 billion.
So how could such a situation have developed?
The Navy and Department of Defense said the issues keeping the 1,100- foot supercarrier from active duty are the result of decisions made when the Pentagon committed to building the advanced ship in 2008.
“The decision to proceed with these three systems was made many years ago, prior to their maturation, when transformational approaches to acquisition were a DOD policy,” said a Defense Department spokesman.
To date, construction on the Ford is 98 percent complete with 88 percent of the test program finished.
The next carrier in the Ford class, the USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), is scheduled to launch in 2020. That ship was 18% percent complete as of March.
The third Ford-class carrier, the USS Enterprise (CVN 80), is set to begin construction in 2018.
There you go. $13 Billion for an aircraft carrier that can’t fight, with two more of the useless behemoths in the works.
Heck, it is not like we needed the money to preserve vital services and properly fund our public schools.
Time to change course
Time for people to know the truth!
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