Buying materials in advance for the construction of the next two new U.S. Navy aircraft carriers starting in 2016 will save taxpayers $500 million over the course of their construction and will keep the industrial base strong.
The Aircraft Carrier Industrial Base Coalition (ACIBC) urges Congress to authorize the advanced purchase of materials needed for the construction of the next two U.S. Navy Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers, Enterprise (CVN 80) and the yet-to-be-named CVN 81.
Watch the coverage of this year’s ACIBC fly-in event.
Watch the online premiere of the trailer for the upcoming Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) documentary being produced by Newport News Shipbuilding.
Watch this video of flight operations aboard the flight deck of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
Newport News Shipbuilding has begun reintroducing steam to the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) to begin final testing of the ship’s steam-powered systems. (Watch the video)
“As the backbone of John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) is put in place during the ship's keel laying ceremony, the suppliers who will provide the steel, cable, valves, paint and equipment for this great ship celebrate the work completed to-date..."
— Rick Giannini, ACIBC Chairman (Read the full statement)
A U.S. Navy Carrier Group Is Sailing On Beef Fat
The United States Navy is powering an entire carrier battle group on a blended biofuel mixture. The so-called "Great Green Fleet" is meant to promote the use of alternatives to fossil fuels—in this case, beef fat.
Carrier Deployment Extension Could Increase Maintenance Costs By $20 Million
"With the demand for aircraft carriers and their strike groups only increasing, America needs a fleet of no less than 11 aircraft carriers. With only 10 carriers — the current size of the fleet until Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is delivered — ships, equipment and crews are severely strained and maintenance costs are increased," - ACIBC
On Board The Aircraft Carrier Fighting IS
Over the past four months USS Harry S Truman has been sailing somewhere in the North Arabian Gulf launching wave after wave of attacks on so-called Islamic State (IS). There are more than 60 jets on board - three times as many as the RAF are flying from Cyprus. Already they have set a record for the number of bombs dropped - more than 1,200.
Brooke Baldwin Interview RADM Batchelder On Deployment Extension