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US navy’s new $13b aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford can’t fight

USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier

The US aircraft carrier is not ready yet and its commissioning is set to 2017. USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier did not pass the tests.

The aircraft carrier couldn’t pass all the tests of readiness for combat operations. Initially, the $13-billion warship that CNN calls the most expensive one in history, was expected to join the fleet in September 2014.

According to a June 28 memo obtained by CNN, Michael Gilmore, the Defense Department’s director of operational test and evaluation, said the most expensive warship in history continues to struggle launching and recovering aircraft, moving onboard munitions, conducting air traffic control and with ship self-defense.

“These four systems affect major areas of flight operations. Unless these issues are resolved … they will significantly limit CVN-78’s ability to conduct combat operations,” Gilmore wrote in his report to Pentagon and Navy weapons buyers Frank Kendall and Sean Stackley.

According to Gilmore, fixing these problems would likely require redesigning the carrier’s aircraft launch and recovery systems. This process could result in another delay for the commissioning of the warship. The US Navy suggested that the aircraft carrier may be delivered by September 2014. Then this date was moved for September 2016 and then for November 2016.


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