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Navy Aircraft Carriers: Cost-Effectiveness of Conventionally and Nuclear-Powered Carriers

NSIAD-98-1 Published: Aug 27, 1998. Publicly Released: Aug 27, 1998.
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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO: (1) compared the relative effectiveness of conventionally powered and nuclear-powered aircraft carriers in meeting national security requirements; (2) estimated the total life-cycle costs of conventionally powered and nuclear-powered carriers; and (3) identified implications of an all-nuclear carrier force on overseas homeporting in Japan and overseas presence in the Pacific region.

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