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Pentagon reaffirms support for two-carrier buy and sends details to Congress

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    The US Defense Department officially reaffirmed its support for a US Navy (USN) plan to buy the service's next two Ford-class aircraft carriers under a single contract on 31 December, sending over details of the plan to Congress on New Year's Eve.

    Lawmakers have publicly supported the deal, and, barring any unanticipated objections, the USN expects to award the two-carrier deal at the end of January. As noted by USN and industry officials, the money required has already been approved and simply has to be reprogrammed.

    USN Secretary Richard Spencer estimated in August the USN could save about USD2.5 billion if it were to fund carrier Enterprise (CVN 80) and its yet-to-be-named successor (CVN 81), the third and fourth of Gerald R.

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