Faulty Elevators on $13B USS Ford Draw Key Senator's Ire

Faulty Elevators on $13B USS Ford Draw Key Senator's Ire
U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Matthew Fairchild

The head of the Senate Armed Services Committee is demanding monthly status reports from the Navy on the first in a new class of aircraft carriers until the elevators needed to bring weapons up to its deck are working properly.
 
“I remain concerned with construction challenges” on the USS Gerald R. Ford, Senator James Inhofe said Monday in a statement to Bloomberg News. “The fleet needed and expected this ship to be delivered in 2015. Until all of the advanced weapons elevators work,” he added, “we only have 10 operational aircraft carriers, despite a requirement for 12.”

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