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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.