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Launched USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78)

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The newest aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford was launched on November 10 at the American shipyard Newport News. Unlike the recent launch of the destroyer Zumwalt, this time the shipbuilding industry and the military held a solemn ceremony. In accordance with the traditions, a bottle of champagne was smashed against the stem of the ship. Susan Ford Blaze, daughter of the former US President Gerald Ford, after whom the ship was named, became the godmother of the new aircraft carrier. During the ceremony there were several speeches. Of particular note is the words of the commander of naval operations, Admiral J. Greenerth. According to him, the newest aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford is a "real miracle of technology."




By now, according to the American media, the construction of the new ship has been completed by 70%. Now Newport News workers are preparing for the final stage of construction: the ship, moored to the extension wall, will be equipped with the remaining equipment for various purposes and armament. It is expected to spend about one and a half years on these works. Already in 2015, the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) will be put to the test. Acceptance of the ship in the US Navy is scheduled for 2015 year.

Just a couple of years later, the United States naval forces will receive a new aircraft carrier, surpassing existing aircraft carriers in their characteristics and capabilities. The new project provides for the use of a number of new systems and technical solutions that significantly increase the combat potential of the ship. So, the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford will use two nuclear reactors A1B as the main power plant. These reactors were designed specifically for promising aircraft carriers and therefore have a number of characteristic features. First of all, it is a big power. A1B reactors have a smaller size compared to A4W (reactors used on modern ships like Nimitz), but they are 25% more powerful than them. In addition, the reactors do not require the replacement of nuclear fuel during the entire service life of the aircraft carrier - 50 years.

A powerful power plant made it possible to use EMALS electromagnetic catapults on a new aircraft carrier. These systems, in contrast to the steam, used on existing aircraft carriers, will increase the intensity of flights. Under normal conditions, the USS Gerald R. Ford will be able to provide 160 sorties a day against existing ships using electromagnetic catapults. If necessary, 120 launches are possible per day. In addition to the new catapults, the aircraft carrier is supposed to be equipped with an improved aero-finisher capable of working with existing and prospective carrier-based aircraft.



The new aircraft carrier will be able to carry up to 90 airplanes and helicopters of various types. During the first years of service, the composition of the air group will hardly differ from the composition of the groups of existing aircraft carriers. However, in the future it is planned to replace the Boeing F / A-18E / F Super Hornet fighter-bombers with the newest Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II. Until the end of the decade, the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft group can be added to Northrop Grumman X-47 unmanned aerial vehicles. According to available data, some technical solutions have already been used in the design of the new aircraft carrier, which in the future will allow the use of advanced technology with remote control.

"This miracle of technology" has a corresponding price. According to various sources, 13-14 billions of dollars have been spent on the development and construction of the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier. Previously, the cost of building the first ship of the new type was estimated at no more than 8-10 billion, but the use of a number of new systems and technologies led to a significant change in the financial performance of the project. At the same time, according to the developers of the project, the mere reduction of the crew will help to achieve tangible savings. Over 50 years of service, such costs can save about 3,5-4 billion dollars. The increase in the intensity of flights should also affect the total cost of the life cycle of the ship. According to various estimates, the operation of aircraft carriers of the project “Gerald R. Ford” will cost the US budget not much more than the use of ships of the “Nimitz” type.

According to the current plans of the Pentagon, over the next few decades, American factories should build ten new aircraft carriers. Alternately entering the composition of the naval forces, they will replace the existing ships. However, for several reasons, the first such replacement will take place only in a few years. The new aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) is considered a replacement for the USS Enterprise (CVN-65). However, the latter was written off in December 2012 of the year, and “Gerald R. Ford” will be delivered to the customer no earlier than 2015 of the year.

Launched USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78)


In the near future will begin construction of the next aircraft carrier project Gerald R. Ford. The ship USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) will be launched in the 2018 year and commissioned in the 2020. The third aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-90) is expected to be ordered in the 2018 fiscal year and will be commissioned in the middle of the next decade. The last of the ten planned ships to be put into operation in the late fifties. Such a construction schedule will allow us to gradually write off and replace the Nimitz aircraft carriers currently in use.

It should be noted that several aspects of the new project are being criticized. Claims are caused by excessive project costs, insufficient growth of combat effectiveness, etc. features aircraft carriers project Gerald R. Ford. Nevertheless, plans for the construction of new ships with the air group in recent years have undergone only minor changes. The Pentagon does not intend to abandon its plans, but it intends in the future to switch to using 10 aircraft carriers instead of 11. Such an approach is expected to reduce costs without a loss in defense capability.



On the materials of the sites:
http://navy.mil/
http://defense-update.com/
http://vz.ru/
http://thefordclass.com/
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  1. Canep
    Canep 12 November 2013 08: 04
    +3
    Let them now find the loot to complete and maintain it.
    1. Rurikovich
      Rurikovich 12 November 2013 08: 08
      21
      The Fed machine is working properly. They will not search - they will print.
      1. Canep
        Canep 12 November 2013 08: 41
        +3
        The Fed’s machine capacity is not enough to print loot to pay interest on US debt. They print 85 billion a month, about 85 wagons of money, three wagons a day. They would have better launched a new printing press.
        1. Professor
          Professor 12 November 2013 09: 29
          28
          For a long time no one is printing. After all, virtual money, i.e. non-cash. They just stuff a number with many zeros on the computer and that’s it. hi




          1. Canep
            Canep 12 November 2013 10: 34
            +6
            Welcome Professor, your photos are wonderful as always. This "peacemaker" I do not look closely at this dock.
            1. Professor
              Professor 12 November 2013 13: 03
              11
              Quote: Canep
              This "peacemaker" I do not look closely at this dock.

              The Americans have always had gigantomania, well, their docks are envy.

              PS
              Purely in the dock from them, already takes evil. angry

              Quote: Eugeniy_369
              By the way Prof, are you wearing covers on the screws?

              Of course. Suddenly scratch or bump.
          2. Eugeniy_369
            Eugeniy_369 12 November 2013 10: 42
            +1
            Quote: Professor
            It’s just on a computer that stuffs a number with many zeros and that’s it.

            Not Kaspersky will not allow stop .
            By the way Prof, are you wearing covers on the screws?
          3. Sirs
            Sirs 13 November 2013 03: 46
            0
            To go nuts, this is a gantry crane, we definitely don’t have such a miracle. (((
        2. iwind
          iwind 12 November 2013 15: 42
          +1
          Quote: Canep
          After the Olympics, there will be infrastructure and sports contraction (well, obese officials). And what good is this fool?

          Benefit?
          The economy of America is a very complex and complicated system on this subject, you can write a dissertation.
          But if maximally simplified with huge assumptions.
          Suppose, at the request of the government, the Fed is printing 14bn.
          A part of the money was spent on research and development, that is, engineers and scientists received ZPs, which were opened by new technologists, and a young engineer allowed them to find work. Further, several thousand people work at the shipyard. Many thousand tons of steel were purchased, which gave work to the steel mill. And there are many snowfields with such a project, which creates jobs inside ameriki. And then 25-35 percent is returned in the form of taxes back to the budget this or next financial year, but they are already provided with production, a unit of goods, knowledge.
          The rest settles on the accounts of Individuals and Legal entities, describing their path in more detail will result in a wall of boring text. In general, they are also provided with "one-off production" and everyone's favorite state. bonds, since it is impossible to print money with impunity just like that, inflation has not been canceled.
          Now it is impossible to say that gold = money.
        3. i.xxx-1971
          i.xxx-1971 12 November 2013 19: 38
          0
          Soon they will become multi-workers and multi-workers.
        4. Nayhas
          Nayhas 13 November 2013 05: 22
          +2
          Quote: Canep
          The Fed’s machine capacity is not enough to print loot to pay interest on US debt. They print 85 billion a month, about 85 wagons of money, three wagons a day. They would have better launched a new printing press.

          Are you envious that there is no such machine in Russia?
      2. Bigriver
        Bigriver 12 November 2013 09: 34
        +1
        Quote: Rurikovich
        The Fed machine is working properly. Will not search - will print.

        What's the point?
        If there will be more dollars than is claimed in the world, devaluation will come.
        The Fed only caters to global demand. She does not provide it.
    2. atalef
      atalef 12 November 2013 09: 16
      14


      Canep Today, 08:04
      Let them now find the loot to complete and maintain it

      Nothing, everyone has his own, for the cost of the Olympiad you can build 4 of these, but there is also a World Cup, this is enough for the content of these 4, each has its own priorities
      1. Canep
        Canep 12 November 2013 10: 36
        +1
        After the Olympics, there will be infrastructure and sports contraction (well, obese officials). And what good is this fool?
        1. Ingvar 72
          Ingvar 72 12 November 2013 10: 52
          13
          Quote: Canep
          After the Olympics, there will be infrastructure and sports contraction (well, obese officials). And what good is this fool?

          Who will need this infrastructure there? Atalef is right, the Olympics are much less useless. And if a couple of such fools under our flag were in the Mediterranean, the Syrian issue would have been resolved long ago. hi
          PS The article is normal, the news is bad.
          1. saturn.mmm
            saturn.mmm 12 November 2013 11: 25
            +2
            Quote: Ingvar 72
            Who will need this infrastructure there?

            In general, the infrastructure has already been divided.
            I would not refuse to have a hotel near Sochi or a ski resort, but who will give it to me?
            1. Ingvar 72
              Ingvar 72 12 November 2013 11: 35
              0
              Quote: saturn.mmm
              I would not refuse to have a hotel near Sochi or a ski resort, but who will give it to me?

              My friend is working in construction. They’ll not stand for long. laughing
          2. i.xxx-1971
            i.xxx-1971 12 November 2013 19: 40
            +1
            I think so.
        2. Eugeniy_369
          Eugeniy_369 12 November 2013 11: 05
          +4
          Quote: Canep
          After the Olympics, there will be infrastructure and sports facilities (well, obese officials).

          I will express my subjective opinion, the construction in Sochi is certainly good, but it would be better in the Urals, because people go to Sochi to relax, there’s no time to think about sports laughing , and with the infrastructure of the local vacation prices every year less and less willing to use it, the Turks and Egyptians make gesheft what. The Olympics will end, builders, supervisors, migrant workers and traffic jams will leave. Of course, the Olympics will make a contribution to the development of the region, but only he could have developed quite well without it. More about the unpleasant, friends said that they would not go there anymore for a vacation, since to put it mildly, there were not enough Russians there, they say we do not want the diaspora from neighboring countries to finance.
        3. atalef
          atalef 12 November 2013 11: 14
          +7
          Quote: Canep
          After the Olympics, there will be infrastructure and sports contraction (well, obese officials). And what good is this fool?

          will remain. will remain
          Just because I don’t understand in any way, do I need a Russian aircraft carrier or not? If I don’t need it, I saw it on both sides of the ocean, and if I need it (but I still need it, my opinion) then your comment is just elementary envy, although there is something to envy between us
      2. bif
        bif 12 November 2013 13: 36
        +2
        1. Take the trouble to summarize your words ... so as not to be idle talk
        2. The Russian Federation spends its Earned Money, and the United States spends credit and borrowed from most countries
        1. Ingvar 72
          Ingvar 72 12 November 2013 14: 32
          +4
          Quote: bif
          . RF spends its earned funds,

          Unfortunately, Buddy, we don’t spend them, we invest them mostly in US government bonds. As We are told by the big guys from the TV screens, THIS IS MORE FAVORABLE.
      3. e3tozy
        e3tozy 12 November 2013 21: 51
        +2
        I agree. The country's defense in the first place. The news column on its side, yesterday I read: ,, Airborne will receive 200 upgraded BMD-2 ,,. Where is BMD-4? Optimization in action. And here is the new aircraft carrier, enviable.
    3. ben gun
      ben gun 12 November 2013 10: 12
      +1
      ".. But out of natural harm, and also so that readers do not buy too much into a beautiful television picture - let us add a fly in the ointment to the honey barrel of this event.

      The fact is that the launch of the body of the CVN 78 aircraft carrier Gerald Ford will at best become a full-fledged combat unit in some future. And under certain circumstances - never will be. And realizing this, the Americans even want to sympathize. Moreover, such statesmen as Richard Cheney or Donald Rumsfeld, delivering bravura, proud speeches at the ceremony, are well aware of the real state of affairs.

      So, the three key systems, without which Gerald Ford, in general, is simply not functional, today simply do not exist in nature yet. And it's hard to say when they will appear. We are talking about a dual-band radar system (DBR - Dual-Band Radar), electromagnetic catapults (EMALS - Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System) and a turbo-electric landing system (AAG - Advanced Arresting Gear). All three systems are in the prototype stage .. "

      Taken here - http://www.odnako.org/blogs/show_31998/
      "Aircraft carrier in demo version: unknown when it will sail. Gerald Ford's descent to the USA".
      I really liked the comment of one comrade on Odnak - "As you know, ready-made products are needed only for those who do not know how to make presentations." good
      1. atalef
        atalef 12 November 2013 11: 47
        +7
        For some reason, it seems to me that by the end of Ford’s shooting, they’ll somehow manage, You’re being cunning, why don’t you remember about * demo version * nuclear submarines Borey (2 boats already built), and where are the missiles? A nuclear submarine without rockets It’s not even a demo version, at least based on the fact that you can put a radar up to this level on the aircraft carrier, grab places, catapults the same, but the boats are imprisoned only under the Mace
        1. Eugeniy_369
          Eugeniy_369 12 November 2013 11: 57
          +3
          Quote: atalef
          You are being cunning, why do you not remember in this case about the * demo * submarine Borey (2 boats already built), And where are the missiles?

          This is a Russian site laughing , here of course you can criticize but .... strongly not necessary wink, and so little reason to be proud of the Navy recourse and you, Alexander (sorry, middle name I don’t know) also started to have a sore spot crying .
      2. Mikhail3
        Mikhail3 12 November 2013 14: 36
        +3
        Well, May! And I already tuned in for a fascinating reading of reports on the interaction of the electromagnetic catapult with the on-board electronics of both aircraft and an aircraft carrier! And the landing system of that ... is more interesting from this point of view. Sorry, sorry ...
    4. Geisenberg
      Geisenberg 13 November 2013 01: 46
      -3
      Quote: Canep
      Let them now find the loot to complete and maintain it.


      To the big ship - a big torpedo :)

      Another coffin for burying taxpayer money.
  2. air wolf
    air wolf 12 November 2013 08: 05
    -17 qualifying.
    And why the heck is he needed, one Varshavyanka will flood him on the first order, well, two for sure! American laundering babosov in action, and unas castles in Switzerland and France are building laughing Our Kuzya with VTOL Yak 141 and Ka-27 can perform all the same functions.
    1. Apollo
      Apollo 12 November 2013 08: 29
      +8
      quote -NUMX November at the American shipyard Newport News was launched the newest aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford.


    2. atalef
      atalef 12 November 2013 09: 18
      16
      Quote: air wolf
      And why the heck is he needed, one Varshavyanka will flood him on the first order, well, two for sure! American laundering babosov in action, and unas castles in Switzerland and France are building laughing Our Kuzya with VTOL Yak 141 and Ka-27 can perform all the same functions.

      That's how I would listen and listen, I love the program "visiting a fairy tale"
    3. Eugeniy_369
      Eugeniy_369 12 November 2013 10: 37
      +3
      Quote: air wolf
      And why the heck is he needed, one Varshavyanka will flood him on the first order, well, two for sure! The American washing of babos in action, and our locks in Sweden and France are being built by Our Kuzya with VTOL Yak 141 and Ka-27 can perform all the same functions.

      I understand this is humor laughing? If yes, then they deserve a plus sign.
  3. timhelmet
    timhelmet 12 November 2013 09: 13
    -2
    Hmm, comrades. For 13-14 billion dollars, how many submarines and surface ships of the "goodbye Nimitz" class can we build? Pieces ... maybe not?
    Well, what for a goat button accordion?
    If you muddle the aircraft carrier, then in our opinion, so that the designers themselves oh ... whether laughing
    And this "miracle" of technology can only decorate the seabed.
    I imagine (gee-gee): a pilot flies on the lightning of the YUS with the comment "but where is the deck here? You can't see anything"
    1. atalef
      atalef 12 November 2013 09: 45
      +2
      I imagine (gee-gee): a pilot flies on the lightning of the YUS with the comment "but where is the deck here? You can't see anything"

      Do not have time to imagine the same planes with slingshots choked
  4. wulf66
    wulf66 12 November 2013 09: 18
    +3
    Oooo woo ...
  5. RusTatar
    RusTatar 12 November 2013 09: 29
    +9
    in the meantime ... our symmetrical answer is tsam ... here is the time to roll!
    At OJSC PO Sevmash the sea trials of the ocean mega-yacht were completed, during which the operation of the propulsion system, steering gear and other mechanisms of the vessel was checked, maneuvering and high-speed tests were carried out.
    Ahead of the transfer to the customer and the road to Italy.
    The yacht passed the "sea exams" successfully, the declared test program was fully completed. All equipment is operating normally. After the completion of the tests, the megayacht will go to Arkhangelsk to be loaded onto a vessel that transports the yacht to Italy, where she will have to decorate the VIP premises.
    Megayacht is a special project for Sevmash. This is the first experience in the construction of ships of this class for a Russian company that produces sophisticated high-tech products - nuclear submarines. According to experts, it was from the megayacht built on Sevmash that Russia began to develop the production of a new class of elite ships.
    Recall, the launch ceremony of the megayacht took place on September 4, 2013.
    1. saturn.mmm
      saturn.mmm 12 November 2013 12: 10
      +1
      Quote: RusTatar
      and in the meantime ... our symmetrical answer is tsam ... here is the time to roll

      Beauty.
      As Oleg K. said
      -Our Zumwalt!
  6. Eugeniy_369
    Eugeniy_369 12 November 2013 09: 47
    +7
    Hmm ... I think that these "whales" chkhali to your state. duty, their self-confidence is rooted in the military what (mainly represented by the Navy and the Air Force) and Jewish bankers laughing . If I were them, I would have acted the same way if I had such an armada of ships and aircraft. My opinion, they are nuclear weapons only for especially numerous wink and stubborn recourse necessary.
    1. Ingvar 72
      Ingvar 72 12 November 2013 10: 59
      +3
      According to the Pentagon’s current plans, over the next few decades, American plants should build ten new aircraft carriers.
      Of course, chali.
  7. Standard Oil
    Standard Oil 12 November 2013 10: 33
    +2
    The military as children, just to get a new toy, do not care that the postman came to the parents of the third day and gave a notice that their duty is: 17,140,012,928,032. But there will be a new beautiful toy.
  8. Delta
    Delta 12 November 2013 11: 55
    +8
    I don’t understand, those who are minus such articles do it simply because they don’t like the strengthening of the US military power? minus the need for pseudo articles of pseudo-researchers, not news.
    1. Standard Oil
      Standard Oil 12 November 2013 12: 09
      11
      Quote: Delta
      those who minus such articles, do it simply because they don’t like the strengthening of US military power?

      And they think he’ll drown faster.
      1. Eugeniy_369
        Eugeniy_369 12 November 2013 15: 59
        0
        Quote: Standard Oil
        And they think he’ll drown faster.

        Starved laughing , I’ll go to the minus sign, so to speak, in the common boiler drinks
  9. nazgul-ishe
    nazgul-ishe 12 November 2013 13: 30
    +1
    Electromagnetic catapults are ideal for working at low temperatures, F35 with vertical take-off. It does not make you think about anything. Icebreakers are a good thing, but the target is large.
    Hayali and raptor and 35, and after them all.
  10. operator35
    operator35 12 November 2013 14: 32
    0
    where men from intelligence Pacific Fleet brothers time to drown))))
  11. Jin
    Jin 12 November 2013 15: 02
    +2
    Beautiful dog! smile I hope there is a skillful "welded" on him, burns to hell (nonsense, of course, but what if) smile as on a memorable submarine ...
  12. GRIGORY
    GRIGORY 12 November 2013 15: 21
    -1
    the US has a national debt of $ 14,5 trillion. And where do they get so many snot for the construction and maintenance ???
  13. saag
    saag 12 November 2013 21: 23
    +3
    Quote: Jin
    I hope there is a skillful "welded" on him, burns to hell (nonsense, of course, but what if)

    No, usually there should be a spontaneous launch of missiles, the effect is greater :-)
    1. Jin
      Jin 12 November 2013 22: 00
      +1
      Quote: saag
      No, usually there should be a spontaneous launch of missiles, the effect is greater :-)


      Well, yes, yes))) From the "skis" of the suspension of some Hornet or Super Hornet laughing, as it was already more than once ... When the maximum number of aircraft on deck wassat , bloodthirsty we, colleague, huh? Well, what is there, away to the ocean to lead and arrange an artificial reef ... all greenpeace for joy)
  14. 1c-inform-city
    1c-inform-city 13 November 2013 00: 40
    0
    All the noise around this descent is an advertising PR. The USA is simply silent about the fact that before the launch of this ship ten years can pass and this type of aircraft carrier can repeat the fate of Zamvolt (when instead of 32 units, only 3 will be built).
    But the thing is, the three main systems (for which it was started) do not yet exist in real life, namely:
    1 Turbo-electric landing system (not even a working prototype and real tests)
    2 Electro-magnetic catapult (Exists in the form of a ground model that doesn’t come close to the working version. Now even Indians are trying to involve in development since the British abandoned this topic.
    3 Two-band radar. There is no working option. Because of this, Zamvolt has lost it.
    So while it’s just a big and expensive trough, it just won’t be able to finish it quickly. In general, the situation is somewhat reminiscent of some of our long-term construction projects only on a larger scale. For example, replacing the first two positions with something from the existing one simply will not work.
    1. Buskanov
      Buskanov 13 November 2013 09: 19
      0
      But the trough already ready will be smile
  15. Nross
    Nross 12 December 2015 22: 49
    0
    on the rights up.
    They have a horde, and ... u ... don't give a shit!

    But seriously,
    In the era of hybrid wars, gentlemen quilted jackets and retired analysts, such weapons systems will become much more in demand than during the Cold War.
    The Syrian conflict proves this very well. I think the Libyan campaign would have proved it, but our Air Force and Navy, the campaign, were not ready then, in 2010.

    And about the money - if you please take off the pink glasses: the value of their public debt does not matter as long as the main world currency is the dollar. Now they tirelessly print at 0.25% per annum, tomorrow they can lower the bar below zero, say -0.25%, and then soon the interest on government bonds will become negative. But they will be bought anyway, because there is too much money exported. Europeans, by the way, have already introduced a negative rate. And this is at the office. inflation at 2% !!

    Take a calculator and calculate how much the Central Bank of the Russian Federation "earns" on investments in US government bonds at 1.75% with dollar inflation of 2-2.5%.