posted on Sep, 5 2013 @ 04:00 PM
reply to post by Zaphod58
The Navy Secretary said last year that USS Gerald R. Forde was on budget, on time. But this Summer's GAO report said the USS Gerald R. Forde was
hitting problems & that delivery of a fully functional
ship on time was unlikely. It doesn't seem to be the nuts and bolts of the ship which
are the problem, it's the new, complex systems where the problems lie i.e. radar systems, catapults, traps
So much so that the GAO said construction of the second ship of the class should be paused until lessons are learned on the lead ship, although a
pause on such a large program can cost a fortune in itself. I don't think the USN were too amused by the report, although to be fair to the taxpayers
the ship is 22% over budget so I think some criticisms are warranted about the way the project has been run.
I think there's friction between the Defense Department & the GAO on this project and many others, though, so it's difficult really to work it out
unless you're really in the know (which I am not lol).