Face the Facts: New Aircraft Carrier Does More with Less Crew

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Fact: But Still Takes 4,660 – and $26.8 Billion
The total cost of America’s newest aircraft carrier, including personnel, is $26.8 billion. Now under construction, the Gerald R. Ford-class carrier is due to enter service in 2015 with a crew of 4,660 –
500 fewer than older carriers thanks to technology improvements. She will be the nation’s 12th active aircraft carrier; at the height of the Cold War the Navy had as many as 26. The U.S. Navy fleet in 2012 comprised 287 ships. During the Korean War (1950-55) it was 1,122 ships.

Budget constraints may complicate future additions to the carrier fleet. $26.8 billion is about half the total annual sequestration cut mandated for the Pentagon.

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One Response to Face the Facts: New Aircraft Carrier Does More with Less Crew

  1. Ola! Kate,
    Thanks for the info, Let me start of by saying I am an Iraq/ Afghan war veteran. I am a woman and I have seen combat. So how important was my Bayonet in this Aircraft carrier and Airplane dominated war? Well let me share my Real War experiences with those who blindly follow Pres. Obama’s political non-real on-ground war experience as if it were the 100% truth.
    I used my bayonet when I was on TCN/Afghani escort in Afghanistan. I constantly kept my hand close to it and my back up Kabar when I had to escort my TCN/Afghani’s through security check points at ECP’s. The passage was so narrow that there was no way to properly use your rifle since the TCN/Afghani workers were bunched up only 2 feet from you (Sometimes up to 200 were bunched up and surrounding you as you ordered them to ‘make a hole’ so you could escort your workers past the choke point). The best option to defend yourself in those long narrow/ crowded check points was when an Afghani tried to pull something on you was that pulled out your blade and cut him in one swift motion. That is the difference between me and politicians who never served; they are all talk and theory while I am practice.
    Comments please;

    P.S. It was not just Afghani adults who posed a threat. One time an Afghani child (boy around 10 y/o) crept up behind me and tried to steal my Kabar, the moment I felt a tug I reacted with a swift pull out of my Bayonet while at the same time turning to face the threat (Bayonet training we get by the way) and stopped my blade less than 2 inches from the boys head. He ran off scared and I was more than prepared for a threat that was so close that no aircraft carrier or Fighter jet in the world would have made any difference in that moment, but my Bayonet made a world of difference.
    All the Best

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