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Navy Weighs Buying Two More Carriers in One Contract

  • Huntington Ingalls asked to propose significant savings
  • Navy Ford-class program could see expansion to four ships
The USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN78) is seen next to the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower before the Ford commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., on Saturday, July 22, 2017. 

Photographer: Aileen Devlin/Newport News Daily Press/TNS via Getty Images

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The U.S. Navy is exploring whether it can achieve significant savings in parts and labor by buying its next two aircraft carriers together instead of individually, the service’s top weapons buyer said.

The Navy intends to deploy 12 aircraft carriers, up from the 11 today, as a key part of its planned expansion to 355 ships. In a request for proposals on Monday, the Navy asked shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. “to further define the cost savings achievable” if it makes a block purchase of the third and fourth carriers in the new Ford class.