I hate to get tangled up in y'all's well-researched discussions, but your mention of $2.4B for the pricetag on a new Arleigh Burke knocks me out.
And that just leads me to a different question. Just like it costs x dollars to get a new car out of the showroom, there are all kinds of additional costs to keep it running.
Are there any well-known numbers for the cost of outfitting a newly-built Burke, crewing it, feeding the crew for a year, fueling it, providing of ammunition to use for training... and all the rest? These costs seem to be ignored when politicians talk about the cost of a new ship, and how easy it is to take operating funds away from the Navy to pay for a parade or a new politically-motivated war.
And I wholly agree that older carriers have more casualties than new ones. But most of us here are so old that we remember when USS Nimitz was newly commissioned, 45 years ago. And maintenance that is deferred will cost more when it finally has to be done.
A 2018-dated article I found totals the over runs at $2.4 billion, and that includes the recent elevator trouble correcting. $2.4 billion is roughly the anticipated price of a Flight III Arleigh Burke class destroyer. As far as wear and tear on the force, you'll need to go out there and read of all the other carrier breakdowns which have also happened, also straining any that are working. At one point recently, only one carrier on the Atantic coast was deployable. Old ships break down more frequently...
We will indeed see if this ship ends up saving money, but if you read the article, fewer crew, easier aircraft refuleing, easier arresting gear maintenace...off to a promising start...
Sorry this is an info-mercial. What did cost over runs really cost The Navy ? And what about the active fleet? What about the wear tear on it because of her delay ? Does that not cost dollars as well?
We will see if all the technology generates enhanced combat capability with cost savings or more expensive maintenance bills and for same combat capability or less? Combat and cost savings are just not ever partners.
The ultimate aircraft carrier that was obsolete before it hit the water because of Navy doing or not doing. Wonder how many millions were invested in those weapons elevators instead of lasers that would have protected the whole fleet. Talk about priorities.