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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Mabus on Ford-class Carrier: ‘Not the Way to Build a Ship’

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)The secretary of the Navy, responding to criticism from senators over the cost of equipment for the new Gerald R. Ford-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, said the design-while build approach to shipbuilding was the wrong way to build ships.

“The way the Ford was built is not the way to build a ship,” said Navy Secretary Ray Mabus March 10 during a hearing on the posture of the Navy and Marine Corps before the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC). “It was being designed while it was being built.”

Mabus said he agreed with SASC Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., that some of the reasons for the major cost overruns for the Ford were because of new technology in aircraft launch and recover equipment, such as the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, the Advanced Arresting Gear, the Dual Band Radar and the advanced weapons elevators.

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