The Navy is considering extending the life of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower past its planned inactivation date.
The Nimitz-class Aircraft carrier is set to be decommissioned in 2027.
The Navy is considering the feasibility of one more deployment before inactivation.
The Navy carefully manages aircraft carrier inventory, including during the end-of-life process.
The service life extension of the USS Nimitz allowed the Navy to get more service out of the first Nimitz-class carrier.
The carrier will undergo a five-and-a-half-month maintenance availability that will carry it into May 2026.
The follow-on Ford-class entered service later than anticipated.
The USS Gerald R. Ford has left on its first worldwide deployment.