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Early Ford carrier maintenance costs lower than planned, Navy says

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This story has been corrected to state that the Navy expected the Ford class to save $4 billion over the total life of a ship compared to the Nimitz class, and now believes it may see $5 billion in savings over the life of the ship.

ARLINGTON, Va. ­— The first-in-class aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford may cost less over its life than planned because of reduced maintenance costs, a program manager said today at an American Society of Naval Engineers conference here.

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