WASHINGTON (WCMH) – The most expensive warship in history is way behind schedule.
The ship was supposed to join the US Navy fleet in September of 2014, but has already been pushed back to the end of this year.
According to a memo obtained by CNN, the delivery date could now be sometime in 2017.
The memo states that the USS Gerald Ford struggles launching and recovering aircraft, moving onboard munitions, conducting air traffic control and with ship defense.
The ship is the most expensive in history, costing nearly 13 billion dollars.
The USS Gerald Ford is the first ship of its class. Two more are on order, with the total combined cost of the three ships expected to be close to $42 billion.
Since the retirement of the USS Enterprise in 2012, the Navy has operated 10 aircraft carriers.
Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, slammed the latest delay as “unacceptable” and “entirely avoidable” in a statement earlier this month.
“The Ford-class program is a case study in why our acquisition system must be reformed — unrealistic business cases, poor cost estimates, new systems rushed to production, concurrent design and construction, and problems testing systems to demonstrate promised capability,” McCain said.