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1. Albany class cruiser: Way way over budget. Planned for 12 ships it was stopped after three ships. The ships didn't last in service near as long as planned.7. USS Constitution: returned to being able to go under sail. Scramjet cannon balls would not have made her a deployable asset.
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bager1968 wrote:Ranger had not been SLEP'ed - the only one of the first 6 supercarriers to not be SLEP'ed. She was 12 years newer than Midway, but was decommissioned in 1993, only 1 year after Midway decommissioned. Forrestal had completed SLEP in 1985, and had ~12 years planned service left (to 2005) when she was decommissioned in 1993. Saratoga completed SLEP in 1983, and had ~9 more years planned service left (to 2003) when she was decommissioned in 1994.
The Navy would demand that Ranger be SLEP'ed and Forrie & Sara run on before a penny more be spent on Midway or Coral Sea (decommissioned 1990) - by 1990 both Midway and Coral Sea were relics barely being kept operational.
Don't let the "Midway Magic" legend fool you - that operational rate was provided by more maintenance man-hours than any other carrier in the fleet - much more.
This was disguised by the fact that most of the work was done in Japan by Japanese workers, who were only partly paid by the USN and partly by the Japanese government (via US military assistance dollars), so that a significant part of the cost never appeared in the US Navy cost figures (but the US government paid it all the same).
The work was also done in pieces, shortening the length of any one out-of-service period, but adding up to more per year on average than any other carrier. This was also disguised by her being based in Japan reducing the distance steamed to/from her patrol areas, thus allowing more time in-port in Japan for maintenance without affecting her "readiness" numbers.
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