The U.S. Navy’s engineering community has started conducting light carrier design studies, according to Megan Eckstein at USNI News here.
Rear Adm. Jason Lloyd, the SEA 05 commander and deputy commander for ship design, integration and engineering was reported as saying:
“We have looked at an America-class possibility, we have looked at a Ford-class-light, we’ve looked at various different options and done cost studies on all those options.
There are also capabilities studies on all those options. An aircraft carrier in World War II is not the same as a Nimitz-class carrier; there have been a lot of lessons learned over the years such as being able to do simultaneous launch and recovery, such as being able to safely maneuver aircraft once they’ve landed and still do simultaneous launch.
So there’s a lot to an aircraft carrier flight deck that has been lessons learned over the years. So to go to a CVL light that we talked about has some tradeoffs.
We say that it could be significantly less expensive, and it can be, it could be less expensive, but there are tradeoffs to that. So we have to go figure out what it’s going to be.”
Lloyd continued by saying that the team started by dusting off previous carrier studies the Navy has done.
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