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Friday, July 03, 2015

Navy Launches New Affordability Plan for Ford-Class Carriers

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)The Navy plans to invest $25 million a year beginning in 2017 in techniques to lower the cost of building its new Ford-class aircraft carriers, service officials said.

"We will use this design for affordability to make new improvements in cost-cutting technologies that will go into our ships," said Rear Adm. Michael Manazir, director of Air Warfare.

The Navy has received much criticism from lawmakers and government watchdog groups for cost overruns on its first two Ford-class carriers -- the USS Ford, CVN 78, and the USS Kennedy, CVN 79.

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