The USS Doris Miller (CVN-81) could very well be both the final Ford-class carrier and the final super carrier produced by the United States. Moreover, it could be the final nuclear powered aircraft carrier.
The United States Navy is finally coming to grips with what I have long known. We simply cannot sustain production of these giant boondoggles. They are expensive to build. Expensive to operate. Expensive to dismantle and dispose of.
The Navy is about to commence a major study on the subject and the result will very likely be a shift to smaller conventional powered carriers.
65,000 ton displacement, as opposed to 100,000 ton displacement for the Ford-class.
Obviously less capability, but significantly more carriers can be constructed, so what you lose in capacity you make up in quantity and at a significantly lower total cost.
The lightning carrier concept is also being investigated for use, which is simply a modification of the America-class of Amphibious Assault Ships.
I support this study and clearly we need a change as the Ford-class costs are sucking the Navy dry and inhibiting construction of other necessary surface fleet vessels.