Buying materials in advance for the construction of the next two new U.S. Navy aircraft carriers starting in 2016 will save taxpayers $500 million over the course of their construction and will keep the industrial base strong.
The Aircraft Carrier Industrial Base Coalition (ACIBC) urges Congress to authorize the advanced purchase of materials needed for the construction of the next two U.S. Navy Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers, Enterprise (CVN 80) and the yet-to-be-named CVN 81.
Watch the coverage of this year’s ACIBC fly-in event.
Watch the online premiere of the trailer for the upcoming Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) documentary being produced by Newport News Shipbuilding.
Watch this video of flight operations aboard the flight deck of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
Newport News Shipbuilding has begun reintroducing steam to the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) to begin final testing of the ship’s steam-powered systems. (Watch the video)
“As the backbone of John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) is put in place during the ship's keel laying ceremony, the suppliers who will provide the steel, cable, valves, paint and equipment for this great ship celebrate the work completed to-date..."
— Rick Giannini, ACIBC Chairman (Read the full statement)
Interview: Randy Forbes
Randy Forbes, who represents a portion of the Tidewater region that includes the US Navy’s largest naval base and shipbuilding giant Huntington Ingalls, has long branched out to express concerns about defense issues far beyond his home ground. The nearly-released mark of the Seapower subcommittee’s 2017 naval budget reflects Forbes’ desire to increase naval spending into Reagan-era territory. By adding more than $2 billion to the Obama administration’s request, Forbes would raise shipbuilding levels to $20 billion a year and beyond – numbers not seen since the 1980s. He spoke April 20 just as the Seapower bills were being made public.
Focus NNS - Action Days 2016
In this edition, we take you to the Aircraft Carrier Industrial Base Coalition (ACIBC) Action Days in Washington, D.C.
Forbes: Preserving Our Carrier Air Wings and U.S. Naval Power
Since 2011, when the Budget Control Act put a cap on defense spending and spawned the threat of sequestration, the United States Navy has been under tremendous fiscal pressure. While global instability and the need for a strong U.S. military have grown, funding for our Navy has been reduced significantly by an administration whose appreciation for the importance and value of our Navy is clearly insufficient. This is a dangerous trend that must be reversed.
12th U.S. Aircraft Carrier Necessary In An Increasingly Dangerous World
The US Navy aircraft carrier is an iconic asset that demonstrates American power and resolve, ensuring peace around the world — a peace the US and other nations benefit from greatly. This peace encompasses the oceans on which nearly all US goods and commodities are transported to market. But the aircraft carrier’s survival — a critical part of our naval strategy and US security — is in danger.