Skip to comments.US Navy's Next-Generation Aircraft Carrier Begins Testing Phase
Posted on 03/11/2014 2:32:52 AM PDT by kingattax
The U.S. Navy's newest aircraft carrier - a massive warship outfitted with the latest radar technology and sophisticated systems to accomodate unmanned carrier-launched drones - is set to undergo more than two years of rigorous testing.
The USS Gerald R. Ford is the first of what will eventually be the Navy's fleet of next-generation Ford-class aircraft carriers. The upgraded ships are the first new designs of aircraft carriers since the USS Nimitz was built in the late 1960s.
The USS Ford was christened during a special ceremony in November in Newport News, Va. The massive warship is slated to officially enter service in the Navy in 2016. But first, shipbuilders will spend 26 months meticulously testing the aircraft carrier's various systems.
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Let’s postpone that startup date from 2016 to sometime after January 2017. I don’t want to give one more piece of equipment to this regime.
1: Hope they still have some folks around who know how set up the catapult systems.
2: The “lyin’ king” may mothball it before it’s first deploymnet. After all, we gotta stop being the global bully.
This is just one more military building project that shall NEVER be deployed under the Current Regime or its intellectual heirs, in 2016 or beyond. It shall have served its purpose if a number of union shipyard workers can be kept on the job in the construction phase, then it is immediately towed to the mothballed fleet anchorage, to slowly deteriorate without ever seeing the open ocean.
Meanwhile, the Chinese are busy acquiring a blue-water naval assault force and becoming the world’s policeman by default. Their first collar will be Japan, which committed the sin of not falling into the Chinese hegemony immediately when it became apparent that the Japanese economy had developed a perennial sclerosis that was neither capitalism nor a corporate state, but a strange stratification of perpetual financial crisis.
That should make everything all better.
I thought the FORD uses EMALS to launch planes..
is that the linear electric motor system....I had read about those...
no steam needed....
Yup...I think it’s electromagnetic....
Electromagnetic catapults (EMALS) will launch aircraft, eliminating the need to store water and heat it for steam catapults. Gerald R. Ford can accomplish 25% more aircraft launches per day than the Nimitz-class and requires 25% fewer crew members
also learned that the Ford will have gender neutral rest rooms...how friggin thrilling!
“The Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) is a system under development by the United States Navy to launch carrier-based aircraft from catapults using a linear motor drive instead of conventional steam pistons. This technology reduces stress on airframes because they can be accelerated more gradually to takeoff speed than with steam-powered catapults.
Other advantages includes lower system weight, cost, and maintenance; the ability to launch both heavier and lighter aircraft than conventional systems; and lower requirements for fresh water, reducing the need for energy-intensive desalination.”
Roger that. Further in to the article it does indeed say that. I hadn’t read down far enough. So, would the old steam cats still work in the event of an EMP issue? Probably not on anything we have in play today. Too much electronics in play.
As long as I don’t see one named the USS Obama. I think that would send me over the edge.
Unless he is impeached for high crimes you can expect the first black POSOTUS to be so honored.
Count on it. ( I’m just preparing you for the inevitable unless things change radically for the good )