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.
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)
“Although New Jersey is not what typically comes to mind when you think of an aircraft carrier, every carrier in the Navy fleet has roots in our state.” — Michael Leahan, Marotta Controls (Read the news release)
“Although it is the only New England state not to border the Atlantic Ocean, Vermont is home to businesses that contribute significantly to the construction of the most powerful ships at sea: US Navy aircraft carriers” — Vermont Business Magazine
Mike Petters, President and CEO, Huntington Ingalls Industries sits down with Vago Muradian of Defense News to discuss what recent spending measures means for the shipbuilding community.
Mike Petters, President and CEO, Huntington Ingalls Industries sits down with Vago Muradian of Defense News to discuss the flexibility, agility and capabilities of aircraft carriers.
Here's how the US Navy tests their new aircraft carrier's catapults
The US's new Ford class of aircraft carriers will feature many improvements on the current Nimitz class, like new Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) catapults instead of steam-powered ones.
FOUR CARRIER CRISIS, BUT YET NO FUNERAL FOR THE LARGE FLATTOP
The aircraft carrier replaced the battleship as the principal capital ship of the world’s navies because, “It was far more capable than the battleship of inflicting damage on the enemy.”
U.S. Navy's Dangerous Carrier Shortage in the Pacific
The U.S. Navy is facing a looming shortage of aircraft carriers in the Western Pacific and the Middle East this year. That could mean the contested waters around China, as well as the war against the ISIS terrorist group in Syria and Iraq, could be short-changed—going without an aircraft carrier for months.
S.O.S. For A Declining American Navy
Applying power requires the anti-submarine, anti-surface warfare, surveillance and strike ability of aircraft carriers. It requires an increase from the congressionally legislated level of 11 aircraft carriers to 16, enough so that we could maintain at least one carrier strike group in the West Pacific, the Persian Gulf, and return powerful U.S. naval forces to the Mediterranean.