The US has announced plans to build a new aircraft carriers in two years, and it may not even be finished with that, CNN military analyst Chris Woods reported.
In an interview with the CNN Money show, Woods said that the Navy’s planned carriers will be ready in 2021 and 2022.
“That’s the most optimistic timetable I’ve heard,” Woods said.
“It looks like it could be in the range of 2021 or 2022.”
Woods said that US Navy officials have been planning for a new fleet for decades, but the Navy was never able to make that happen.
The US Navy will build the USS Gerald R. Ford, the first of four new aircraft ships, and the USS Theodore Roosevelt, the last of four.
The new carriers are designed to complement existing vessels and complement the fleet’s overall modernization efforts, Woods added.
The Gerald R., named after President Ronald Reagan, will be the largest aircraft carrier in the world.
The USS Gerald Ford, which is being built in Huntington, West Virginia, is the second ship in the Gerald R’s class.
It will have a crew of about 4,000 sailors and be able to carry a total of 5,300 aircraft.
The ship is also designed to support the US military’s nuclear submarine force and will be able carry nuclear missiles for the first time.
The Navy is also building the USS Harry S. Truman, which will be designed to provide aircraft carrier strike capabilities, Woods noted.
Woods also pointed out that the new carriers could be equipped with advanced weaponry, including the Navy is developing a nuclear-powered cruise missile, or cruise missile submarine.
The new carrier designs will be built in a cost-effective manner, Woods stressed.
“The new ships will be fully equipped with a variety of advanced technologies and technologies that are required to make them the world’s largest aircraft carriers,” Woods added in the CNNMoney interview.