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USS Gerald Ford, the first aircraft carrier in its class, will take part in NATO exercises in the Atlantic

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USS Gerald Ford, the first aircraft carrier in its class, will take part in NATO exercises in the Atlantic

USS Gerald R. Ford, the first aircraft carrier of its class, has successfully passed test trials and will take part in NATO exercises in the Atlantic Ocean next week. A record $13,3 billion was spent on the construction of the supercarrier; due to various technical problems, the ship was tested and refined for five years.


The US Navy said the Gerald R. Ford will leave the world's largest naval base at Norfolk next Monday along with destroyers and other warships.

The Atlantic is a zone of strategic interests. Our main goal is to contribute to a peaceful, stable and conflict-free Atlantic region with the help of the combined naval power of our allies and partners.

said Vice Admiral Daniel Dwyer.

The American command does not hide the fact that one of the goals of the planned exercises in the Atlantic is to demonstrate to Russia the readiness to protect the interests and security of the NATO countries. The West is seriously concerned about the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine after Vladimir Putin's statements about mobilization and "the possibility of using nuclear weapons." weapons". The last Russian president did not say, but Western politicians will always find an opportunity to turn any truth upside down in their interests.

We are also showing Russia that there are a range of forces they will have to deal with if they move outside of Ukraine or escalate the situation in Ukraine in ways we deem unacceptable.

- quotes the words of the senior political researcher at RAND Corporation Bradley Martin press.

USS Gerald R. Ford, the most expensive US aircraft carrier, is the first Ford-class ship to enter service with the US Navy. For the first time, it uses electromagnetic systems to launch aircraft, which should replace steam catapults. During the trials, the ship encountered a number of problems, including the operation of new catapults and elevators that deliver rockets and bombs to aircraft on the flight deck.

In 2017, then-President Donald Trump told Time magazine that the US Navy should go back to using conventional catapults to launch planes because the electromagnetic system "costs hundreds of millions of dollars more and is useless."

The command of the Navy does not agree with this. Admiral Dwyer told reporters that the newest aircraft carrier "has already successfully completed over 10 ejections (EM catapult take-offs) and landings." True, according to Bradley Martin, it will most likely take years to eliminate all the flaws in the new ship systems. Which, according to him, is not a surprise for the first aircraft carriers of a new class.

The fact that the lead ship of the new class had some serious developmental problems does not change the US Navy's strategy that carrier strike groups are the center of deployment and conduct of maritime military operations.

— concluded the American expert.

The calmness of the expert somehow does not fit with the statements of the American command and politicians that Russia is about to attack one of the NATO countries or unleash a nuclear war. What then will American admirals do if, in such a situation, aircraft launched from the latest catapults cannot take off and fall into the sea? Or the elevators will break down again, and the planes will be without bombs and missiles ...
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  1. Uprun
    Uprun 30 September 2022 13: 35
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    Well, yes, it will take part if the crew doesn’t take care of it ...., they have such a “falling” on aircraft carriers ....
    1. Uprun
      Uprun 30 September 2022 13: 45
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      It’s a shame for the tsipushniks for the owner, such a nation is crap ...., minus .., and so, in a week it smells a little from two aircraft carriers ...., decent ports do not accept ...., minus further, lackeys ...
    2. Two
      Two 30 September 2022 13: 51
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      hi The spirits of Baden live in drinking water tanks... And he communicates with them!
  2. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 30 September 2022 13: 40
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    There are already three aircraft carriers, judging by the press at sea. And how many, in fact, is the total number?
    1. Mountain shooter
      Mountain shooter 30 September 2022 13: 49
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      Quote: tralflot1832
      And how much, in fact, the total amount?

      11 pieces. True, not everyone is in combat readiness. Someone on the PPR. In BG it seems 7
      1. tralflot1832
        tralflot1832 30 September 2022 14: 02
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        There should be one in the Mediterranean, and two in the Pacific Ocean, which can easily approach Japan. In total, 4,320-360 aircraft are not too many near our shores? Someone at the headquarters of the Navy will have to work hard.
        1. Uprun
          Uprun 30 September 2022 14: 21
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          Strategic Missile Forces will cover .........................
          1. isv000
            isv000 30 September 2022 15: 52
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            Quote from uprun
            Strategic Missile Forces will cover .........................

            good Ah, well done! bully These will definitely cover up, there will be no one to fly!
    2. Ros 56
      Ros 56 30 September 2022 14: 28
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      Well, what's the difference, there is enough space for everyone at the bottom. lol
    3. Hitriy Zhuk
      Hitriy Zhuk 30 September 2022 16: 49
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      It’s more interesting how much you need to love some mine torpedoes so that such a tub drowns.
  3. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 30 September 2022 13: 47
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    The main question is - will our Zircons be able to hit such a target the first time? And if they hit - well, then let them swim for now.
    1. tralflot1832
      tralflot1832 30 September 2022 14: 05
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      I can’t say whether they hit the walking target with Zircon in the Barents Sea or not. But this was in the plans.
  4. Sergey985
    Sergey985 30 September 2022 13: 49
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    Zamwalt, Gerald Ford, ... So gradually the entire fleet will consist of ships that must be constantly brought to combat readiness, which cannot be achieved. trend, however.
    1. Asad
      Asad 30 September 2022 13: 53
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      And what about us, Admiral Kuznetsov in constant combat readiness? And the catapults never failed? We know much more about the problems of the American army than about our own.
      1. Doccor18
        Doccor18 30 September 2022 14: 00
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        Quote: ASAD
        We know much more about the problems of the American army than about our own.

        Advocacy, however ...
      2. Sergey985
        Sergey985 30 September 2022 14: 03
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        There are no catapults on Kuznetsovo, and the ship is quite old. I'm talking about failures with the new US Navy ships. And so, yes, we know even less about our fleet, unfortunately.
        1. Asad
          Asad 30 September 2022 14: 28
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          So I'm talking about the fact that when we build a similar aircraft carrier for $ 10 billion and put it into operation without delay, then we will laugh at the stupid Americans.
          1. tralflot1832
            tralflot1832 30 September 2022 14: 32
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            And if we don’t have time, there are already 4 aircraft carriers at sea and the fifth probably in the Persian Gulf. And they want to appoint us as the culprit of blowing up pipelines with our own gas. If anything, we will fight with what we have.
            1. Asad
              Asad 30 September 2022 14: 40
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              I don’t even doubt what they will appoint, but if the Polish Baltic is blown up, then such a howl will rise.
    2. Two
      Two 30 September 2022 13: 54
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      hi Oh sir! When a country prints world money, and all the servants buy them for real resources ... You can afford everything! And mind you, none of the creditors asked about the return of loans ... fellow
      1. Asad
        Asad 30 September 2022 14: 29
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        So it is necessary to force everyone to buy rubles.
  5. Ros 56
    Ros 56 30 September 2022 14: 26
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    I'm afraid that if I don't sink by chance, everything will be blamed on us again. wassat
  6. yuriy55
    yuriy55 30 September 2022 14: 58
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    USS Gerald Ford, the first aircraft carrier in its class, will take part in NATO exercises in the Atlantic

    What if our military will test the "Zircons" ("Daggers") on this Ford? The cost of the aircraft carrier is commensurate with the cost of building SP-1 and SP-2 (compensation for damage to SP-1 and SP-2 was estimated at €17 billion)
  7. TOR2
    TOR2 30 September 2022 15: 03
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    The American command does not hide the fact that one of the goals of the planned exercises in the Atlantic is to demonstrate to Russia the readiness to protect the interests and security of the NATO countries.

    Our press does not need to hide how much "Daggers" will be spent on it.
  8. Uprun
    Uprun 30 September 2022 15: 33
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    Yes, everything is simple, another multi-way .... they planned to undermine the joint venture - they announced the exercises - they brought the fleet to transatlantic communications - they rushed the joint venture - they are sitting over their cables and our submarines are prowling ... That's it, oil painting ....
  9. koralevviktor
    koralevviktor 30 September 2022 18: 31
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    The presence of such a monster indicates only one thing, that a military escalation is approaching. Soon thousands of new soldiers can be expected in Europe.
  10. Sergey Valov
    Sergey Valov 30 September 2022 18: 34
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    “The first in its class US Navy aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford” - and before Ford, the Americans had no aircraft carriers at all? laughing . If the author undertook to write articles about the fleet in Russian, then he should know that an aircraft carrier is a class, and Ford is a type.