USS Gerald Ford
Bloomberg: Navy’s $12.9 Billion Carrier Isn’t Ready for Warfare, Memo Says
* USS Gerald Ford’s key systems have reliability issues
* Aircraft launch and delivery systems may need to be redesigned
The U.S. Navy’s newest aircraft carrier isn’t ready for warfare.
The $12.9 billion USS Gerald R. Ford -- the most expensive warship ever built -- may struggle to launch and recover aircraft, mount a defense and move munitions, according to the Pentagon’s top weapons tester. On-board systems for those tasks have poor or unknown reliability issues, according to a June 28 memo obtained by Bloomberg News.
“These four systems affect major areas of flight operations,” Michael Gilmore, the Defense Department’s director of operational test and evaluation, wrote Pentagon and Navy weapons buyers Frank Kendall and Sean Stackley. “Unless these issues are resolved, which would likely require redesigning” of the aircraft launch and recovery systems “they will significantly limit the CVN-78’s ability to conduct combat operations,” Gilmore wrote, using a technical name for the carrier.
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WNU Editor: This leaked memo .... if accurate .... is stunning news. Even though we are in the middle of summer, expect be a lot of questions being asked in the coming weeks.