GAO Critical of Navy Flat-top Program

In a new report, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) states that the Navy faces technical, design, and construction challenges to completing ‘Gerald R. Ford’ (CVN 78) that have led to significant cost increases and reduced the likelihood that a fully functional ship will be delivered on time.

The GAO finds:
The Navy has achieved mixed progress to date developing CVN 78’s critical technologies, such as a system intended to more effectively launch aircraft from the ship. In an effort to meet required installation dates aboard CVN 78, the Navy has elected to produce some of these systems prior to demonstrating their maturity–a strategy that GAO’s previous work has shown introduces risk of late and costly design changes and rework, and leaves little margin to incorporate additional weight growth in the ship.

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