Southforward.com – The US Navy is rumored to be expanding its aircraft carrier fleet by purchasing two new vessels.
Military.com report, Thursday (7/6/2018), Plan to purchase two new vessels is also to extend the service life of old aircraft carrier.
The US Navy also refers to the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) directing the Navy to consider extending the life of the USS Nimitz, which was built at Newport News Shipbuilding and commissioned in 1975.
Richard V. Spencer’s secretary of arms said that the option to extend the life of the USS Nimitz was their first priority.
Meanwhile, the Committee of the armed forces of the sea, Rep. Rob Wittman said it would cost big to buy two new ships and fix the USS Nimits.
“I think what you see is a kind of short-term regular maintenance,” he said.
Last year’s shipments from USS Gerald R. Ford to the Navy propelled the fleet of ships to 11. The Navy would reach its 12-yard destination when the next Ford-class ship, John F. Kennedy, was delivered in 2023.
But it will quickly drop back to 11 the same year, when Nimitz is scheduled to retire, according to the text.