Why did the US Army choose to scrap the burning aircraft carrier? The repair cost is nearly three times the cost

The U.S. Navy decided to scrap the amphibious assault ship “good man Richard”, which was damaged by the fire, because the repair cost of the ship is too high, which may reach $3.2 billion. By contrast, the cost of building the ship is about $1.2 billion. According to CNN website on November 30, the U.S. Navy has decided to retire and scrap the amphibious assault ship “good man Richard” because the latest investigation and evaluation found that repairing the “quasi aircraft carrier” will cost billions of dollars. < / P > < p > in July this year, the “good man Richard” suffered a serious fire while upgrading its F-35B fighter at the port of San Diego. The fire lasted for nearly five days, burning down the ship’s multi-storey deck and causing serious damage to the island building. U.S. Navy officials said the repair of the amphibious assault ship will cost $2.5 billion to $3.2 billion, take five to seven years, and 60% of the ship’s parts need to be replaced. < / P > < p > US Navy Secretary Kenneth brethwaite said in a statement: “after extensive evaluation of various options, we have come to the conclusion that repairing this amphibious assault ship is not financially worthwhile.” The U.S. Navy is also considering converting the good man Richard to another type of ship, such as a medical ship, but the cost of this modification may exceed $1 billion, even more expensive than building a new medical ship. “We have come to the conclusion that the platform will be scrapped and dismantled,” Major General Eric will Hagrid, commander of the U.S. Navy regional maintenance center, said in a conference call on Monday According to the report, < p > < p > when the good Richard was built and put into service in 1998, it cost US $750 million, equivalent to US $1.2 billion today. And the U.S. Navy is no longer building this class of ships, replacing it with a more advanced “America” class. A brand new “America” class amphibious assault ship costs US $4.1 billion.