The US Navy has a SERIOUS Toilet Problem

Wes O'Donnell
3 min readJan 6, 2023
The sun rises over Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), marking the beginning of the second day of Fast Cruise. Ford is conducting a three-day Fast Cruise to familiarize the crew with the ship’s systems for an extended period of time. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ryan Carter/ Released)

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In the realm of power projection, you can’t go wrong with a US Navy aircraft carrier.

America’s newest carrier class, the Gerald R. Ford, is a technological marvel that cost US taxpayers a staggering $13 billion.

Why so expensive?

Well, first of all, warships aren’t cheap.

But the Ford in particular has several advanced tech upgrades including electromagnetic aircraft launch systems, advanced arresting gears, a new radar system, electromagnetically powered weapon elevators, and a brand new toilet and sewage system that acts as a scaled-up version of the system used on commercial aircraft.

The U.S. Navy plans to build up to 11 Ford-class carriers, gradually replacing the aging Nimitz-class ships, over the coming decades.

So, what’s the problem with this new toilet system?

The problem, first reported by Bloomberg, is mentioned in a General Accountability Office (GAO) report on sustainment costs for Navy ships. The GAO report states the toilets on America’s two newest Ford-class aircraft carriers, USS Bush and USS Ford, are experiencing clogging problems.

The Navy has determined that the only way to keep the pipes draining is to use a special, extremely…

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Wes O'Donnell

Army & Air Force Veteran | Global Security guy at War is Boring, GEN, OneZero | Intel Forecaster | Law Student | TEDx Speaker | Pro-Democracy | Pro-Human Rights