Recently, the US Navy celebrated the launch of the newest aircraft carrier Gerald Ford. A traditional bottle of champagne was also smashed against the side of the ship, heralding a long and calm voyage.
The cost of a new aircraft carrier goes beyond all the prices that America spent on military equipment. $ 12.8 billion. It is clear that such a ship simply from top to bottom must be stuffed with the most modern equipment. And he's stuffed. It is assumed that, due to automation, it will serve 500 fewer people than on aircraft carriers with a similar displacement.
Despite the incredible cost of the ship, experts argue that in the long term, the current design can save money in the future. Because the ship is designed in such a way that it will only need preventive maintenance and dry dock after 12 years.