The USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) has blasted through its budget cap to the tune of $120 million. The ship’s price has now soared to beyond $13 Billion. It is plagued with problems and currently unable to do anything useful. Its staying afloat but perhaps I shouldn’t jinx it.
The Navy is so desperate now, they are now considering extending the Nimitz-class carriers beyond their original 50 year service life. USS Nimitz is set to deactivate in 2023. They may try to push its service life to 2028.
The carrier program is eating up billions of dollars.
The Virginia and Columbia class-submarines are eating up billions more.
Not sure how they are going to get the rest of the fleet to 355 ships.
They are going to be lucky to find enough money to keep the Ship Battle Force from dropping, let alone trying to increase the number.