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U.S. Navy Aircraft History

An aircraft carrier is a warship that serves as a seagoing airbase , equipped with a full-length flight deck and facilities for carrying, arming, deploying, and recovering aircraft 1 Typically, it is the capital ship of a fleet, as it allows a naval force to project air power worldwide without depending on local bases for staging aircraft operations Aircraft carriers are expensive to build and are critical assets. The status quo is what we have been doing for the past 15 years- generating an anti-terrorism, on call CAS and selected target strikes, requiring minimal aircraft daily air tasks. The new carrier USS Gerald R. Ford is set to cost $13 billion —not including its complement of 40-50 fighter planes, each of which cost $75 to $100 million.carrier

However maintenance has been a bitch and as you have seen in the news we have more slipped deployment dates due to unavailability …