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Offline NeilChapman

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Re: Gerald R. Ford Class CVN
« Reply #150 on: April 16, 2018, 09:57:13 am »
https://news.usni.org/2018/04/16/newport-news-save-1-6-billion-maintain-stable-workforce-25000-2-proposed-carrier-buy

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — If the Navy decides to buy aircraft carriers CVN-80 and 81 together, Newport News Shipbuilding will be able to maintain a steady workload that supports between 23,000 and 25,000 workers at the Virginia yard for the next decade or so, the shipyard president told reporters last week.

Part of the appeal of buying the two carriers together is that the Navy would also buy them a bit closer together: the ships would be centered about three-and-a-half or four years apart, instead of the five-year centers for recent carrier acquisition, Newport News Shipbuilding President Jennifer Boykin told reporters.

Boykin said the closer ship construction centers would allow her to avoid a “labor valley” where the workforce levels would dip down after one ship and then have to come back up, which is disruptive for employees and costly for the company.

And ALWAYS results in more required rework/repair.

Agreed.  One only has to look at the success of the Virginia-class program as an example. 

Perhaps sustaining this workforce of skilled labor will assist in maintenance backlogs as well by creating a greater depth of the talent pool.