Navy Ford (CVN-78) Class Aircraft Carrier Program: Background and Issues for Congress
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CVN-78 and CVN-79 are the first two ships in the Navys new Gerald R. Ford CVN-78 class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. CVN-78 was procured in FY2008 and is scheduled to enter service in 2015. The ships procurement cost is estimated in the proposed FY2010 budget at 10,846 million in then-year dollars--389 million about 3.7 more than the estimate in the FY2009 budget. Although CVN-78 was procured in FY2008, it is being funded with four-year incremental funding across FY2008-FY2011. The proposed FY2010 requests 739.3 million in procurement funding to help complete the ships procurement cost. The Congressional Budget Office CBO reported in June 2008 that it estimates that CVN-78 will cost about 900 million more than the Navy estimates, and that if CVN-78 experienced cost growth similar to that of other lead ships that the Navy has purchased in the past 10 years, costs could be much higher still. The Government Accountability Office GAO and other observers have expressed concern that difficulties in developing the CVN-78s new electromagnetic aircraft catapult called the electromagnetic aircraft launch system, or EMALS, could delay the schedule for building the ship and increase the ships construction cost. GAO highlighted the issue in a March 2009 report to Congress. The issue was the subject of a July 16, 2009, hearing before the Seapower and Expeditionary Forces subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee.
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