The US Navy indicates that they expect to save from $ 1 to $ 2,5 billion, and also significantly speed up the construction by ordering two ships at once. The US Department of Defense announced that it had requested the Newport News Shipbuilding to miscalculate the costs in case the shipyard received a contract for the simultaneous construction of the aircraft carriers Enterprise (CVN-80) and CVN-81.
If the potential savings confirm the expectations of the US Department of Defense, by the end of the year it will make the necessary adjustments to the budget and be able to sign a contract for the construction of new ships. Thus, the pace of construction will accelerate, and the fleet will be able to receive aircraft carriers at intervals of 3 – 4 of the year, and not 5 of years, as it is now.
In the 80s, the US Department of Defense already ordered the pairing of aircraft carriers. So ships of the Nimitz type CVN-72 and CVN-73, as well as CVN-74 and CVN-75, were built. Then the fleet managed to save about 10% of the cost of materials, as well as reduce the time of construction of aircraft carriers.