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What will $12.9 billion get you?

A boat roughly the size of an Appalachian mountain.

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This photograph/meme was thrown into the comments of a recent post by Foxtrot Alpha on the Pentagon’s displeasure with the current progress/state of the USS Gerald R. Ford which, altogether, has run the American taxpayers more than $40 billion in its design and construction (that’s the bill for the program in its entirety).

You can read about that back-and-forth (originally reported by Bloomberg) by clicking here.

Or you can sink into blissful ignorance, ignore the commotion between the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics and Ray Mabus and gawk at the behemoth vessel above, in all its massive jumbo splendor.

Stare, dream, rinse, repeat.