Navy Ford (CVN-78) Class Aircraft Carrier Program: Background and Issues for Congress
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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CVN-78, CVN-79, and CVN-80 are the first three ships in the Navys new Gerald R. Ford CVN-78 class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers CVNs. CVN-78 was procured in FY2008 and is being funded with congressionally authorized four-year incremental funding in FY2008-FY2011. The Navys proposed FY2012 budget estimates the ships procurement cost at 11,531.0 million i.e., about 11.5 billion in then-year dollars. The Navys proposed FY2011 budget requested 1,731.3 million in procurement funding as the final increment to complete this estimated procurement cost. CVN-79 is scheduled for procurement in FY2013, and has received advance procurement funding since FY2007. The Navys proposed FY2012 budget estimates the ships procurement cost at 10,253.0 million i.e., about 10.3 billion in then-year dollars and requests 554.8 million in advance procurement funding for the ship. CVN-80 is scheduled for procurement in FY2018, with advance procurement funding scheduled to begin in FY2014. The Navys proposed FY2012 budget estimates the ships procurement cost at 13,494.9 million i.e., about 13.5 billion in then-year dollars. On April 6, 2009, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced a number of recommendations he was making to the President for the FY2010 defense budget submission. One of these was to shift procurement of carriers to five-year intervals. This recommendation, which was included in the FY2010 defense budget submission, deferred the scheduled procurement of CVN-79 from FY2012 to FY2013, and the scheduled procurement of CVN-80 from FY2016 to FY2018. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates stated on April 6, 2009, that shifting carrier procurement to five-year intervals would put carrier procurement on a more fiscally sustainable path.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Marine Engineering
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies