Skip to comments.The super ship fit for a superpower: America's $13bn aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford
Posted on 09/30/2013 7:33:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Rising from a dry dock, this is America's latest and possibly costliest piece of military machinery ever constructed.
The world's only superpower has released details of its new generation of aircraft carriers - the first of which costs a staggering $13billion - which it hopes will enable it to dominate any battlefield for decades to come.
But that sort of money buys an incredible amount of firepower, with the ship stuffed with cutting-edge and top secret technology.
When finished, the giant 1,106-foot USS Gerald R. Ford will be able to launch 220 airstrikes per day from its two runways, hold 4,000 sailors and marines, and be virtually invisible to enemy radar.
The Navy also plans to buy another three such carriers, at a cost of $43 billion, to complete its fleet.
But the project to build the most advanced aircraft carrier every made has come at a high price, with costs overrunning to the tune of nearly $3billion and major delays.
Beci Brenton, spokesman for Huntington Ingalls Industries, the maker of the ship, told FoxNews.com: 'The structure has been rearranged to accommodate new technology and meet all of the Navys operational requirements....
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Does it trip down airplane stairs?
$13 billion? What happened to the $4 billion we were paying?
We do not need $13B carriers. For one thing, ICBMs are getting popular and no carrier can defend against them. Secondly, we’re broke as a nation. We owe 7 times more than we take in.
Probably already outdated before it is launched.
Submarines render these very vulnerable.
And we can’t afford three of them at $40 billion apiece.
(Consider how many cruise missiles that would buy.)
I dread the day when some dingbat sinks one
with a Russian or Chinese missile — costing us 4000 guys
and billions in hardware.
Does it hit people with golf balls?
A sitting duck.
>>>the giant 1,106-foot<<<
>>>invisible to enemy radar.<<<
I’d like to see this thing take on Obamacare, the Department of Education, The Department of Energy...
Right now carriers are what a battleships were on the eve of WWII.
A cool looking targets for any near-peer adversary.
Capt. Chevy Chase, commanding.
” Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System “
One atmospheric burst will render this unusable.
Maybe they aren’t going to use it for the military per se, maybe it’s Washington, D.C. afloat.
Run Silent, Run Deep...
Burt Lancaster, Clark Gable.
Afraid you’re right.
rust on hull already
rust never sleeps
My first vote ever as a teenie was for Ford, made sense being in Mchigan.
I lost to Carter, it has been GAME ON ever since.
President Ford and Vice President Ford, served both capacities somewhat admirably at the time of serious peril.
Ford was never elected to either office, and yet our country survived.
This gummint shutdown is meaningless.
“One atmospheric burst will render this unusable.”
If that happens, the carrier will not be needed anyway.
When finished, the giant 1,106-foot USS Gerald R. Ford will be able to launch 220 airstrikes per day from its two runways, hold 4,000 sailors and marines, and be virtually invisible to enemy radar. The Navy also plans to buy another three such carriers, at a cost of $43 billion, to complete its fleet... costs overrunning to the tune of nearly $3 billion and major delays.Instead of representing overruns in billion$, they need to be measured in "Solyndras".
But how many aspirin factories and baby-milk factories in Somalia can it bomb at the same time a la Clinton?
It’ll buff right out.
By the time mac daddy slitters out of office he will be very close to that figure with his spendings for parties, golf an d vacations at the tax p[ayers expense and the tax payers will have nothing to show.
Anything more than $1billion is too much
My Son did three years on that destroyer!
Ford played varsity college football (center and LB). He was actually quite an elegant man who wore his athletic background lightly with aplomb.
Good looking kid, too:
If course the ribbing he got at SNL's expense was pretty good natured.
Today's "comedy" is all about the hate.
$13b for the carrier. How much for the carrier killer missile?
Probably less than a million.
>>wo (USS John F. Kennedy and USS Barack H. Obama**)<<
The carter was a boat (a sub).
I can see the JFK as a flathead — he at least was a man of some principle (drug-addiction and womanizing notwithstanding.
The USS obozo will be a garbage scow.
The USS clinton will be a cigar boat.
I wonder where they will store the DNA stained dresses?
With Obama in charge, I am very surprised that the name of this ship has not been changed to The USS Al Sharpton or The USS Sheila Jackson Lee. Nothing surprises me with this guy and his cronies in D. C.
“invisible to enemy radar”
What about enemy satellite? Or enemy fishing dinghy? For something to be invisible, it helps if it’s small!
The enemies of the US keep investing in small, cheap counter-measures, and we keep helping them by building stuff that we cannot afford to get hit...
We could have built 70 of these things with the $900 billion Stimulus money Obama gave to his friends.
Those carriers are not to lead a fleet against a powerful foe (China, Russia, India.) There would be no sea battles, just because nobody else has a fleet with comparable might. The opponent would simply place a nuclear mine, or launch a nuclear torpedo, a cruise missile, or a theater ballistic missile. Or ten. Or a hundred. Enough to sink the whole ACG on the spot. A mere megaton airburst will seriously ruin the day of anyone on the surface - and close approach, into the range of CIWS, is not required for that. A fireball a couple miles away (Phalanx's published range is 2.2 miles) will only give the sailors a few extra seconds to live. Carriers are not a player against a strong opponent. Chinese submarines have already demonstrated that ACGs are vulnerable if the sub is just laying still on the bottom until the ships come above it.
Then what are they good for? They are ideal platforms for attacking Libyas, Syrias, and other Panamas of the world. In other words, they are only useful for "foreign entanglements," against an opponent who is three or four notches below you. A major war, were it to happen, would be fought high above ground, and it would be over in about one hour. The fleets just won't have time to meet each other, with all combatants being utterly destroyed. But if a conflict at sea is the trigger, one modern warship can sink another from behind the horizon.
Spy satellites, however, are another story.
$13 billion for a single vessel is insane, IMO
I sure hope this thing proves its worth
trip over the waves
Looked abit like... Dolph Lundgren?
Don’t buy what the Democrats are selling. We give away more money than the defense budget, nobody complains about that, and we get absolutely nothing for it, except a bunch of people complaining they don’t get more.
Our carriers allow us to effectively extend U. S. soil anywhere they can travel around the world.
Worth every penny...
. . . Just get a shotgun!
That’s about the way I see it.
And the Russians have a super-cavitating torpedo that is reported to be capable of speeds up to 200 knots (230 mph).
>>>And the Russians have a super-cavitating torpedo that is reported to be capable of speeds up to 200 knots (230 mph).<<<
No one is going to attack a carrier with a Squall torpedo. It is designed exclusively for a submarine warfare (sub to sub duels, destroyer vs sub etc).
If we lose it to one shot, I hope some heads roll.
You know those tanks with the “cages” to make RPG’s explode before impact?? Maybe we could fit this ship with something like that.
Obama is spending too much elsewhere and will not fund three more flat tops at $3 billion each.