The USS Theodore Roosevelt is a multi-million dollar warship built to last, but the Navy is reportedly looking to modernize the ship.
The USS Roosevelt will be retired and replaced with the USS Carl Vinson, a much larger ship capable of carrying larger weapons, according to the Washington Post.
The Carl Vissing, a warship that will take part in the Carl V-22 Osprey Strike Mission, was launched in 2016.
The new Carl Viscision is a much smaller warship, and will be smaller than the Roosevelt.
“The Carl Vission, as we call it, is a highly capable aircraft carrier, capable of operating on an aircraft carrier task force and capable of launching ballistic missiles in the event of a major war,” the Washington Times reported.
The ship is expected to enter service in 2020.
“We are working with the Naval Sea Systems Command to bring the Carl into the fleet,” Vice Admiral James P. Carpio Jr., the commander of Naval Sea Forces, said in a statement.
The Theodore Roosevelt’s current fleet includes three aircraft carriers and six submarines, according the New York Times.
A spokesman for the U.S. Navy told the newspaper that the Roosevelt is “in the early stages of design and construction.”
Carpioli also told the paper that the ship will include a new communications system for the USS Gerald R. Ford and other Navy ships.
“It will also include some upgrades to the weapons systems and electronics systems that are currently used by our other ships,” he said.
The Gerald R Ford, which is currently undergoing construction, has a new propulsion system and a new computer system, according Toilolo.
“They are all moving forward at a pace that is consistent with the pace of our fleet, but it’s not something we’re expecting to be moving forward in two years,” he told the New Yorker.
The Navy is also reportedly considering a new warship for the Pacific, the USS Lassen.
“In the event that we see a situation that requires a change in the way the United States conducts itself in the Pacific — and we’re going to be there for the long haul — we are looking at how we can use Lassens,” a Navy spokesperson told the publication.