US Navy’s newest $12.9bn supercarrier doesn’t work: Most expensive warship ever built ‘struggles with jets taking off and landing’ according to internal memo as delivery is delayed again

Daily Mail


  • $12.9 billion warship, the USS Gerald R. Ford, is not ready for combat, the Department of Defense says
  • The massive ‘supercarrier’ is the most expensive Navy warship ever built and is due to be commissioned this year
  • The ship delivery is scheduled for November, more than two years late of its original date of September 2014 
  • A government memo says ‘poor or unknown reliability issues’ are behind the latest roll out problems with the ship

The most expensive warship ever built has been delayed from hitting the front line because it is reportedly not ready for battle.

The $12.9 billion USS Gerald R. Ford Navy supercarrier – the first of three in its class with a total cost of $43 billion – could potentially struggle with planes landing and taking off, moving military weapons and being able to successfully defend itself, a memo obtained by Bloomberg News reads.

The memo allegedly states ‘poor or unknown reliability issues’ were identified in a letter dated June 28.