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The USS Ford’s Business Case Sinks As The Troubled Carrier Finishes Sea Trials


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Last week, the U.S. Navy celebrated the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), sending the troubled aircraft carrier to sea for the first time in 15 months. But the Navy also released a set of troubling statistics that show the Navy’s own business case for the Ford class aircraft carrier is crumbling, with the Ford offering far less of an efficiency boost over the Navy’s legacy Nimitz class carriers than expected. https://www.forbes.com/sites/craighooper/2019/11/06/the-uss-fords-business-case-sinks-as-the-troubled-ship-finishes-sea-trials/#6ad7c5042309

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