USS Gerald R. Ford

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    America Christens $13billion Aircraft Carrier USS Gerald R. Ford Capable of Launching 220 Airstrikes a Day
    By Daily Mail Reporter, Ryan Gorman and AP Reporter
    9 November 2013

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    Re: The super ship fit for a superpower

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    Re: The super ship fit for a superpower

    Read more: USS Gerald Ford: America chistens $13bn super aircraft carrier | Mail Online
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    Hats off to US for this beautiful ship.Truly a class apart.
     
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    @asianobserve, thanks for sharing. I thought that this ship was too big and too important to linger inside of another thread. So, this gets a new thread of its own. Here, we will discuss, and admire this great ship that is soon becoming a reality.
     
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    Looking at its flight deck it really looks like an airport with the control tower set far back.
     
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    Indeed, I am quite pleased with the massive increase in electrical-capacity and the reduction in crew-size. However, my excitement is tempered by realism... With so many new technologies to introduce, I anticipate a long and costly series of teething problems in the years ahead. Not that I'm crying about it; that's just the way things are with these kind of projects.
     
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    Any other AC in any Navy using EMALS, yet ?

    The way recent developments are shaping up the US Navy, it would continue to be impossibly hard for anyone to even contemplate challenging the USN in the oceans or even, in littoral waters. The efficiency with which this AC would supposedly be put into full-fledged service (within 13 years) is an example worth emulating (though, not quite unusual for US shipbuilding industry).

    US's engineering capabilities as well as famed project-management skills continues to be ground-breaking & simple, unparalleled. Being an irresistible magnet for all the world's talent does have its advantages.
     
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    Navy to Test Electromagnetic
    Catapult on Carrier


    The Navy is preparing to launch the first ship-board tests of a new Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System designed to replace steam catapults and propel fighter jets and other aircraft off the deck of an aircraft carrier and into the sky over the ocean, service officials said. The EMALS system, which uses an electromagnetic field to propel aircraft instead of the currently used steam catapult, is slated for the new Ford-class aircraft carriers. The first EMALS system has been under construction for several years aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the first in class of the new carriers expected to deliver to the Navy in 2016, Navy officials said. This summer, the Navy will start incremental testing on board the USS Ford wherein “dead loads” placed on weighted sleds are catapulted by the EMALS system into the river, said Capt. Jim Donnelly, program manager for aircraft launch and recovery equipment. “As things get connected they will increase the number of tests. The first aircraft launch will be after the ship gets to sea,” Donnelly said. Ship integration and testing for the EMALS technology will mark a substantial milestone in a program which, until now, has largely been conducting land- based flight tests at a Navy facility in Lakehurst, N.J. “We’ve conducted 452 aircraft launches and just finished up our second phase of aircraft compatibility testing,” Donnelly explained. The ground-based EMALS catapult tests have launched EA-18G Growlers, F/A-18 Super Hornets, C-2 Greyhound planes and E2D Advanced Hawkeyes, among others. In fact, EMALS even launched an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at Lakehurst, Donnelly added.


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    EMALS dead load testing begins aboard PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (June 5, 2015) U.S. Navy Sailors, civilian employees and contractors observed a "dead-load" test of the new electromagnetic aircraft launching system (EMALS) aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). The weighted sled was launched into the James River where it was recovered for additional test launches.
     
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    EMALS dead load testing begins aboard PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (June 5, 2015) U.S. Navy Sailors, civilian employees and contractors observed a "dead-load" test of the new electromagnetic aircraft launching system (EMALS) aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). The weighted sled was launched into the James River where it was recovered for additional test launches.
     
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    USS Gerald Ford is 98% Complete and on Track for September Delivery

    http://www.janes.com/article/60377/navy-league-2016-us-navy-s-cvn-78-on-track-for-september-delivery
     
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