Acting US Navy Secretary Wants “Clean Sheet” Carrier Study

US Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly is looking for his Future Carrier Task Force Study to provide a “clean sheet” of alternative aircraft carrier choices after Ford-class ships to include smaller and even conventionally powered vessels. Acknowledging the current Ford-class carriers provide greater capabilities than the predecessor Nimitz-class...

US Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly is looking for his Future Carrier Task Force Study to provide a “clean sheet” of alternative aircraft carrier choices after Ford-class ships to include smaller and even conventionally powered vessels.

Acknowledging the current Ford-class carriers provide greater capabilities than the predecessor Nimitz-class vessels – and will be plying the seas for another half century or more – Modly wants the six-month study launched this week to determine to best carrier design and force makeup for the succeeding decades, he said on 10 March during a media briefing.

“Do we continue to build those (next-generation large-deck carriers), or something different?” Modly said.

Source: www.janes.com