Military Capabilities

USN plans to cut carrier-building man-hours by a third for planned Ford-class ships

05 June 2019

The US Navy (USN) intends to cut the number of man-hours it takes to build the current planned fleet of Ford-class ships now slated for construction by about a third by the fourth ship of that class, according to USN spokesperson Captain Danny Hernandez.

"To keep costs down, the navy is continually implementing initiatives to control costs in the Ford class,” Capt Hernandez told Jane’s .

“Efforts already in place include capturing CVN 78 lessons learned, refining CVN 79’s and CVN 80’s ship construction processes, capitalising on technological improvements, shipbuilder investments in facilities, invoking better business strategies, and optimising Ford-class operational systems.

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