U.S Navy May Run Out of Aircraft Carriers

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

9th January, 2016


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In 2016, the U.S Navy could face a shortage of aircraft carriers. The contributing reasons for this is likely to be the increasing tensions in the disputed waters of China, and the development of the conflict against ISIS with the anti-terrorist coalition. This was written by The National Interest with reference to the statement of retired Admiral John Harvey.

According to the laws of the States, the military fleet the country needs to have is no less than 11 active aircraft carriers, but in recent years their number was reduced to ten. It happened once in 2013, the U.S. Congress approved a reduction in the number of military ships in this category to 10 after the ship “USS Enterprise” was decommissioned after 50 years of service.

The discrepancy will remain until the final commissioning of the new aircraft carrier “Gerald R. Ford”. Originally it was planned that the ship will go into service with the U.S. Navy in 2016, but the Commission informed the lower house of Congress last year that the ship will be ready for operation no earlier than 2021. By the way, the cost has already reached $14 billion, 6 years before entry of the ship into operation.

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