A multi-ship purchase approach for the U.S. Navy’s aircraft carrier fleet will save American taxpayers more than $1.5 billion.
A multi-ship purchase approach for the U.S. Navy’s aircraft carrier fleet will save American taxpayers more than $1.5 billion. This approach supports thousands of jobs in a supply chain of more than 2,000 companies across 46 states. Every carrier serves our country for over 50 years, making them a valuable, long-term investment.
If the nation is committed to building these aircraft carriers, and doing it at the lowest cost with the greatest efficiency, then it makes perfect sense to buy the materials for multiple ships.
The advance purchase of construction materials ensures:
Reduced construction cost
The projected cost saving of a multi-ship buy is approximately $500 million per ship.
Greater efficiency in construction
The advance purchase of materials for aircraft carrier construction ensures the availability of products and parts as the construction of these aircraft carriers progresses in the shipyard, reducing delays–and minimizing lost time.
A stronger industrial base
The companies that provide parts and products for the construction of aircraft carriers will be able to maintain a healthy and robust workforce, invest in machinery and job training improvements to boost the production processes, increase efficiencies, and drive down the cost of components and products.
The time is now to leverage potential efficiencies in the aircraft carrier industrial base to reduce construction costs on future Ford-class carriers, a critical objective given the fiscally constrained shipbuilding budget.