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Technical, design and construction challenges" with the first carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, have caused "significant cost increases and reduce the likelihood that a fully functional ship will be delivered on time," the Government Accountability Office said in a draft report obtained by Bloomberg News. The Ford, already the most expensive warship ever built, is projected to cost $12.8 billion, 22 percent more than estimated five years ago. The report raises questions about the future of U.S. seapower in a time of reduced defense budgets and about whether new carriers are affordable as they assume greater importance in the Pentagon's strategy to project U.S. power in the Asia/Pacific region. Delays and "reliability deficiencies" with the flattop's new dual-mission radar, electromagnetic launch system and arresting gear for aircraft mean that the Ford "will likely face operational limitations that extend past commissioning" in March 2016 and "into initial deployments," the agency said.
Originally posted by LeBombDiggity
Just for some perspective, here is a photo of the battleship HMS King George V in the same dock as the new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is today. I love comparing old photos with new ones taken at the same location, hope you do too.
A nice video follows of two British pilots, one from the RAF and the other from the Royal Navy. They're testing the F35-B on board the US warship USS Wasp (is the RAF getting F35-B's too ?)