And Then There Were 10
It was the retirement of the USS Enterprise in 2012 and the Ford’s expected delivery six months behind schedule in March 2016 that has left the Navy with 10 carriers instead of 11. Congress provided a temporary waiver in the fiscal 2010 defense authorization law to permit the Navy to operate only 10 carriers.
The second Ford-class carrier, the USS John F. Kennedy, also is running $2 billion over budget, while the third of the class appears to be running more than $3 billion over its promised cost.
Ronald O’Rourke, a naval analyst with the Congressional Research Service, wrote in an April report on the program that the ...