Washington– Wednesday, Congressman Mike Conaway (TX-11) released the following statement applauding the delivery of the Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier to the U.S. Navy:
“The successful delivery of the first in class Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier is a terrific step in the right direction for the United States seapower mission of providing safe seas for the U.S. and our allies. This new and evolved carrier and class maximizes cost, efficiency, and tax payer dollars. Its new and advanced systems, coupled with the aircraft coming online in the near future, will increase the carrier’s value for security.
“As we celebrate the Ford carrier delivery, it’s important to note that there is still room for improvement within the U.S. Navy’s fleet. Within the last few months, the United States Navy’s Force Structure Assessment renewed calls for a 12th operational aircraft carrier. I agree with their determination, and have introduced the 12 Carrier Act to meet our increasing security needs. Maintaining 12 operational aircraft carriers will enable the Navy to provide the continuous presence necessary without overworking our ships or sailors.”
A senior member of the House Armed Services Committee serving on the Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, Conaway first introduced the 12 Carrier Act in 2015. Earlier this year, the Association of the United States Navy (AUSN) announced its support for Conaway’s 12 Carrier Act.