CVN 77 in Mayport

The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) approaches Naval Station Mayport, Fla., March 10, 2010, for its maiden port visit. The ship is pulling in to pickup supplies and personnel prior to conducting carrier qualifications off the coast of Florida. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gary Granger Jr./Released)

The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) approaches Naval Station Mayport, Fla., March 10, 2010, for its maiden port visit. The ship is pulling in to pickup supplies and personnel prior to conducting carrier qualifications off the coast of Florida. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gary Granger Jr./Released)

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  • Nadnerbus says:

    I get kind of down on the US for being on such an unsustainable spending path sometimes. But then I am reminded that we have, what, ten or twelve of these things when the rest of the world can’t afford one, and I am somewhat comforted.

  • 11 Bravo says:

    But we can’ afford this, and that is why we are going deeper into debt each day. A supercarrier costs around $5 billion to construct, $1 million per day to operate, and another $2.5 billion for the aircraft. Why would anyone else want to incur these expenses when the US is doing it for them?

    Certainly China, with almost $1 trillion in reserves, and Japan could afford to operate some of these. But what good would it do them? Better to use that money to build infrastructure and make their economies more competitive especially if Uncle Sam is going to keep the sea lanes open for trade.

    I would trade the costs of 2 of these supercarriers in a heartbeat to secure our southern border.

  • Nadnerbus says:

    Well, we can afford it before we start paying to make everyone materially equal. I just don’t know if there is any stopping that tide.

    I am tired of footing the bill for world defense. Our allies bitch about us, but continue to cut their military spending, which pretty much tells you how threatened by us they really are. When they actually start rearming, then I might worry about our trajectory in foreign affairs.

    Anyway, I’d be willing to ax a few carriers and air wings in exchange for a huge cut in the rest of government. But neither is going to happen, so I’m pretty much screwed.

  • El Gordo says:

    Of course we can afford these carriers. And they are for OUR defense as well.

    Look at the whole of discretionary spending and entitlements. We have a federal budget in the trillions. The share of defense is historically low and has been falling for almost 20 years. Lose those carriers and air wings and the money will be swallowed like it was never there. Probably to pay for something that – unlike the common defense – isn´t mentioned in the constituion.

    We CAN afford all these things. We have afforded it for every decade since WW2, and we got richer all the time. What we cannot afford are no growth, no trade, no jobs policies. That´s what turns everything into a zero sum game. Without growth we cannot afford a lot of infrastructure either, carriers or no carriers.

    Besides, China WILL build them as soon as they can.

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