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Re: USS Gerald R Ford (CVN-78) - Ford class
« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2018, 03:45:59 AM »
Carrier USS Gerald R Ford cost rises | Janes - 14 May 2018
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Before this increase, Congress had set a cost of about USD12.9 billion, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) noted in an April report that provides cost, schedule, and related updates for major Pentagon programmes. Initially, Congress had established a procurement cost cap of USD10.5 billion for the ship, but the USN has been permitted to increase that cap to correct deficiencies identified during testing as well as those changes required to ensure the safety of the ship and personnel.

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Re: USS Gerald R Ford (CVN-78) - Ford class
« Reply #16 on: October 20, 2018, 01:13:45 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5CXnKn-Vnk

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Published on Oct 14, 2017
Fascinating video Onboard the brand new USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). This video include several flight Deck Operations with US Navy McDonnell Douglas F/A-18's Hornet during day and night.


Video Credit: US Navy ,Derivative Work by Daily Military Defense & Archive

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Re: USS Gerald R Ford (CVN-78) - Ford class
« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2019, 12:46:23 AM »
USS Gerald R. Ford receives first functional weapons elevator | Naval Today - January 17, 2019
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The navy hailed hailed the event as a major milestone for the ship and the Ford-class of aircraft carriers to follow.

Though the first elevator has been accepted, work still remains on the remaining 10. Currently, all shipboard installation and testing activities of the AWEs are due to be completed prior to the end of Ford’s PSA, scheduled for July. However, some remaining certification documentation will be performed for five of the 11 elevators after PSA completion.

USS Gerald R. Ford is the first Ford-class aircraft carrier and is the first new carrier design in over 40 years. Unlike Nimitz-class carrier elevators that utilize cables for movement, the Ford class elevators are commanded via electromagnetic, linear synchronous motors allowing for greater capacities and a faster movement of weapons.

The new design will allow the ship to be able to move up to 24,000 pounds of ordnance at 150 feet-per-minute. This is in contrast to the 10,500 pounds at up to 100 feet-per-minute on a Nimitz-class carrier.

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Re: USS Gerald R Ford (CVN-78) - Ford class
« Reply #18 on: June 04, 2019, 11:08:21 PM »
Ford set to get under way in October
Michael Fabey, Newport News, Virginia - Jane's Navy International
29 May 2019

https://www.janes.com/article/88882/ford-set-to-get-under-way-in-october

The aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) will get under way in October for further testing following the completion of its planned maintenance period, James Geurts, US Navy (USN) assistant secretary for Research, Development and Acquisition, said.

Ford 's new launching and landing systems appeared to operate well in earlier testing, Geurts said on 29 May at a ceremony to mark the island lift and installation aboard carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) at Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia.

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Re: USS Gerald R Ford (CVN-78) - Ford class
« Reply #19 on: June 05, 2019, 10:16:16 AM »
USS Gerald R. Ford Weapons Elevator Certifications Will Extend Past October
By: Ben Werner and Sam LaGrone
May 29, 2019 3:45 PM

https://news.usni.org/2019/05/29/uss-gerald-r-ford-weapons-elevator-certifications-will-extend-past-october

The aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is maneuvered by tugboats in the James River during a turn ship evolution on March 17, 2019 Gerald R. Ford is currently undergoing its post-shakedown availability at Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding. US Navy photo.

When USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) leaves Newport News Shipbuilding in mid-October, only some of its Advanced Weapons Elevators will be usable as the Navy continues to struggle in making the ship deployable, Navy acquisition chief James Geurts said Wednesday.

The Ford will deliver back to the Navy with an unspecified number of the Advanced Weapons Elevators (AWEs) operational when it leaves its post-shakedown availability (PSA). The Navy is also working to correct a propulsion problem discovered during sea trials, which a year ago caused Ford to return to port ahead of its scheduled PSA.

“We are working right now with the fleet on what elevators do we need to have complete so they can exercise all the function in October, and for any of that work that isn’t done, how we’re going to feather that work in over time,” Geurts said during a media briefing Wednesday.

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Re: USS Gerald R Ford (CVN-78) - Ford class
« Reply #20 on: June 07, 2019, 03:30:04 AM »
https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/imps-news/ford-class-integrated-combat-system-tested/

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6th June 2019 - 13:30 GMT

Carried out by Raytheon and the US Navy, the test saw the navy’s unmanned self defence test ship simulating a range of real-life scenarios, including a raid scenario exercise. Two anti-ship missile surrogate targets were located, classified, tracked and engaged using the Ship Self Defense System (SSDS) integrated combat system adapted for CVN 78.

SSDS is an open, distributed combat management system in service on US carriers and amphibious ships. SSDS is integrated with Raytheon's Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) for the extraction and distribution of sensor-derived information. This further enhances each ship's anti-air warfare capability through sharing of available data to all participating CEC units, improving situational awareness, increasing range, and enabling cooperative, multiple, or layered engagement strategies


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Re: USS Gerald R Ford (CVN-78) - Ford class
« Reply #21 on: August 14, 2019, 01:25:49 AM »
https://navaltoday.com/2019/08/13/us-navy-completes-uss-gerald-r-ford-nuclear-propulsion-plant-rectifications/

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US Navy completes USS Gerald R. Ford nuclear propulsion plant rectifications
August 13, 2019

As revealed by the navy, the aircraft carrier’s propulsion plant was re-delivered after more than 12 months of maintenance and repairs as part of the ship’s post-shakedown availability (PSA).

Troubles with Ford’s propulsion system were first noted while conducting trials at sea in January 2018, when the crew identified a component in the propulsion train that was operating outside of design specifications.

HII-NNS determined that the issue was due to a manufacturing defect (not improper operation) in the propulsion train component that affected the same component in the other propulsion trains.

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Ford’s propulsion issues weren’t with the nuclear reactors themselves, the navy said. The issues resided in the mechanical components associated in turning steam created by the nuclear plant into spinning screws that propel the ship through the water.

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Re: USS Gerald R Ford (CVN-78) - Ford class
« Reply #22 on: October 31, 2019, 01:13:01 AM »
Ford set for sea trials
Michael Fabey, Washington, DC - Jane's Navy International
24 October 2019

https://www.janes.com/article/92153/ford-set-for-sea-trials

The aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) completed a five-day pierside fast-cruise evolution on 23 October at the Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding yard to help the ship prepare for sea trials scheduled for later this month, US Navy (USN) officials confirmed.

The fast cruise was a culminating training evolution designed to "bring Ford to life" after its 15-month post-shakedown availability (PSA), USN officials noted.

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The fast cruise came about a week after Ford had completed Phase III Crew Certification, which focused on how Ford 's medical and damage control training teams accomplished necessary crew training needed to return the ship to sea. The two-day training evolution tested each team individually and together to assess the crew's availability to respond to personnel and material casualties at sea.

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Re: USS Gerald R Ford (CVN-78) - Ford class
« Reply #23 on: October 31, 2019, 11:19:31 PM »
https://www.janes.com/article/92224/nns-sees-no-great-difficulty-in-making-jfk-delivery-change

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NNS sees no great difficulty in making JFK delivery change
30 October 2019

The dual delivery was meant to save initial construction funding as well as cut down on rework. Combat system equipment installed on a carrier within the traditional construction timeline would often prove to be obsolete by the time the ship was delivered, requiring replacement, upgrades, and related improvements. By saving combat system installation until later in the process, the USN planned to avoid such an overhaul.


The US Navy is considering changing the delivery plan for aircraft carrier (CVN 79). Source: IHS Markit/Michael Fabey


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Re: USS Gerald R Ford (CVN-78) - Ford class
« Reply #24 on: January 25, 2020, 01:01:51 AM »
https://www.janes.com/article/93888/usn-conducts-more-successful-emals-and-aag-tests-on-carrier-ford

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USN conducts more successful EMALS and AAG tests on carrier Ford
23 January 2020

The afterburner shot was just one of the firsts for Ford 's Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) as the ship conducts Aircraft Compatibility Testing (ACT) this month in the Atlantic Ocean off the US East Coast to ensure the carrier can effectively operate EMALS and its Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) for a carrier air wing.

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For ACT, the carrier will do further testing on those aircraft, as well as T-45 Goshawks trainers, E/A-18G Growlers, E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes, and C-2A Greyhounds - marking the first launches and recoveries for the T-45s, E/A-18Gs, E-2Ds, and C-2As.


Aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is now proving the ability of its new Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) to accommodate air wing platforms. Source: Jane's/Michael Fabey

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Re: USS Gerald R Ford (CVN-78) - Ford class
« Reply #25 on: February 05, 2020, 12:31:01 AM »
Administrator’s note: See also USS Ford

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Newport News Shipbuilding workers help accelerate Ford work while at sea
Michael Fabey, Aboard USS Gerald R. Ford - Jane's Navy International
29 January 2020

https://www.janes.com/article/93984/newport-news-shipbuilding-workers-help-accelerate-ford-work-while-at-sea

Workers from the Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding unit who are embarked this month on aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) during at-sea flight tests are helping accelerate the timetable for work aboard the ship during its concurrent post-delivery trials, said Rear Admiral James Downey, US Navy (USN) programme executive officer for carriers.

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The ship is in the third month of its 18-month post-delivery trials, lasting from November 2019 through April 2021. During that time, the ship will be under way for about 220 days, conducting thousands of launches and recoveries.

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Re: USS Gerald R Ford (CVN-78) - Ford class
« Reply #26 on: February 16, 2020, 03:39:54 AM »
Carrier Ford completes aircraft compatibility testing
Michael Fabey, Washington, DC - Jane's Navy International
05 February 2020

https://www.janes.com/article/94136/carrier-ford-completes-aircraft-compatibility-testing