The Pentagon has decided to cut the US aircraft carrier fleet from 11 to 10.
In 2014, there was a proposal to cancel the mid-life upgrade of the USS George Washington. This proposal was defeated. The mid-life upgrade cancellations have been part of negotiations to get larger military budgets.
The proposal will be in the mid-March budget plan. The USS Truman was due for a mid-life overhaul and a new nuclear core in 2024. Retiring the Nimitz-class supercarrier 25 years earlier would save about $30 billion. The overhaul costs $6.5 billion and operating the carrier costs about $1 billion a year. The total savings would be over $30 billion spread over 25 years.
SOURCES- Breaking Defense
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