Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert said the military service strives to continue streamlining the cost of its carrier program, noting that there are several aspects of the project left to explore, the Daily Press reported Monday.
Hugh Lessig writes that for the past three years, the U.S. Navy has kept the Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier from running further above its original price tag.
“There are elements of that carrier that are sole source, that are unique to that builder, that they have to put together,” Greenert said during a panel discussion at the ongoing Sea-Air-Space Exposition.
“But there are some things, items in the carrier that we might be able to build outside the yard.”
The Gerald R. Ford carrier, scheduled for delivery to the Navy in 2016, will cost almost $13 billion, according to the report.
HII is set to build next the John F. Kennedy carrier with an $11.5 billion budget cap as approved by Congress, Lessig reports.