Wednesday, June 8, 2016

New Aircraft Carrier Carrier

The first Ford-class super aircraft carrier should be delivered to the United States this year.

I think that we should continue to produce and maintain aircraft carriers.  Short of a major war, there is nothing like them for projecting power across the globe.

"The Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) class carrier design is the successor to the Nimitz-class carrier design. The Ford-class design uses the basic Nimitz-class hull form but incorporates several improvements, including features permitting the ship to generate 33% more aircraft sorties per day, more electrical power for supporting ship systems, and features permitting the ship to be operated by several hundred fewer sailors than a Nimitz-class ship, reducing 50-year life-cycle operating and support costs for each ship by about $4 billion compared to the Nimitz-class design, the Navy estimates. Navy plans call for procuring at least four Ford-class carriers—CVN-78, CVN-79, CVN-80, and CVN-81."

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