Navy Ford (CVN-78) Class Aircraft Carrier Program: Background and Issues for Congress
Congressional Research Service Washington United States
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CVN-78, CVN-79, CVN-80, and CVN-81 are the first four ships in the Navys new Gerald R. Ford CVN-78 class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers CVNs. CVN-78 was fully funded in prior fiscal years. The Navys proposed FY2016 budget requests procurement for CVN-79 and advance procurement AP funding for CVN-80.CVN-78 was procured in FY2008. The Navys proposed FY2017 budget estimates the ships procurement cost at 12,887.0 million i.e., about 12.9 billion in then-year dollars. The ship received advance procurement funding in FY2001-FY2007 and was fully funded in FY2008-FY2011 using congressionally authorized four-year incremental funding. To help cover cost growth on the ship, the ship received an additional 1,374.9 million in FY2014-FY2016 in FY2015 in so-called cost-to-complete procurement funding. The Navys proposed FY2017 budget does not request any additional funding for the ship. The ship is scheduled for delivery to the Navy in late August or early September 2016.CVN-79 was procured in FY2013. The Navys proposed FY2017 budget estimates the ships procurement cost at 11,398.0 million i.e., about 11.4 billion in then-year dollars. The ship received advance procurement funding in FY2007-FY2012, and the Navy plans to fully fund the ship in FY2013-FY2018 using congressionally authorized six-year incremental funding. The Navys proposed FY2017 budget requests 1,291.8 million in procurement funding for the ship. The ship is scheduled for delivery to the Navy in June 2022.