Buying materials in advance for the construction of the next two new U.S. Navy aircraft carriers will save taxpayers up to $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.
Please join us on Tuesday, March 21 and Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in Washington, DC for ACIBC Action Days.
Are U.S. Aircraft Carriers Nearly Unsinkable?
Large-deck, nuclear-powered aircraft carriers are the signature expression of American military power. No other combat system available to U.S. warfighters comes close to delivering so much offensive punch for months at a time without requiring land bases near the action. As a result, the ten carriers in the current fleet are in continuous demand from regional commanders -- so much so that extended overseas combat tours are becoming the norm.
Huntington Ingalls Industries Performs Superlift Unique to Ford Class
Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division lifted a 704-metric ton unit into Dry Dock 12, where the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) is taking shape. The superlift is part of an improved build strategy implemented on the second ship of the Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) class, resulting in superlifts erected at a higher state of outfitting completion.
6,000 sailors to deploy Saturday with the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group
Nearly 6,000 sailors will deploy with the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group from Norfolk and another 600 will from Mayport, Fla. Saturday, according to a news release from the Navy.
Alabama Representative Byrne supports bigger US Navy
Alabama Congressman Bradley Byrne said Wednesday that he fully supported the Navy's plan to significantly increase the size of its fleet to 355 ships under the presidency of Donald Trump, despite calls from admirals that any extra investment should be used to maintain the current complement of 275.