Next carrier to be named for Ford

Just for information, Thomas Jefferson did have a ship named after him. A boomer in fact. See

Fortunately, his ideas about a militia being adaquate never really took hold since with few exceptions, they tend not to hold up very well against a well trained professional army. The Swiss have their militia system but they don't have any illusions about it being able to hold out long against the Big Boys.
I stand corrected. Thanks for the info, Mike!

A militia has some appeal to politicians because it looks like a military but isn't nearly as expensive. By the time you find out that they are highly ineffective, it may be too late.
>>By the time you find out that they are highly ineffective, it may be too late.<<

It's not like the lessons aren't there either. You can go back about 3000 years to old Israel and the fight over King David's throne between Solomon and Absolom. David had founded a proferssional Army during his rule and it was the professional army which supported David while Absolom had the support of the tribal militias.

It wasn't really even much of a fight. David won out and Absolom was killed.

The fact is that if you want to have a first class military capable of doing anything worthwhile, you just can't do it on the cheap. Militias do have a place but they're no substitute for a well trained and properly equipped professional force.
From Marketwire:

Avaya Federal Solutions to Provide Shipboard Communications for U.S. Navy's Next-Generation Aircraft Carrier

BASKING RIDGE, NJ--(Marketwire - September 8, 2008) - Avaya Federal Solutions, Inc. today announced it is providing communications for the USS Gerald R. Ford, the U.S. Navy's next-generation aircraft carrier. Currently under construction by Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, the Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) represents the lead ship of a new class of aircraft carriers. The ship is expected to deliver in 2015.
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From The Navy Times:

Contract awarded for first carrier of new class

The Navy awarded Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding a $5.1 billion contract Sept. 10 to begin construction of the first ship of a new class of aircraft carrier.

Northrop’s Newport News, Va., shipyard will build the carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), lead ship of the first new class of nuclear-powered U.S. aircraft carriers in more than four decades.
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From Defence

Next-Gen Carrier Launch System Could Be Shelved

A decision point is looming for the U.S. Navy's biggest shipbuilding project: whether to launch carrier aircraft using cutting-edge - but untried, over-budget and behind-schedule - electromagnetic technology, or return to heavy, bulky, maintenance-intensive steam catapult systems that offer proven reliability.
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Comment: With fabrication of the ship already begun, does it really make sense to plan for a system which is over budget, behind schedule, and may not work when a system exists which they know will work?
From The Navy Times:

Report warns of launch system delay

The Navy’s new and unproven technology for a carrier-based electromagnetic launch system will be developed and built at the same time, according to a Navy report.

That simultaneous testing and production poses the risk of delaying delivery of the Navy’s next carrier, the Gerald R. Ford, slated for commissioning in 2015.
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From The Asbury Park Press:

Navy Lakehurst to test new catapult

LAKEHURST – The Navy's next-generation electromagnetic aircraft catapult will be hurling test loads down the Lakehurst test track next month, and the project will be ready for test launching the first aircraft in summer 2010, program manager Capt. Randy Mahr said Thursday.

Navy officers and workers with the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) program gathered in wind-driven rain to celebrate completion of the first full-scale catapult, which precedes four shipboard catapults to be installed on the planned aircraft carrier USS Gerald Ford in 2015.
Two page story along with a photo of the catapult at
From PRNewswire:

Raytheon Completes Critical Design Review for CVN 78's Dual Band Radar

TEWKSBURY, Mass., Nov. 16, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and the U.S. Navy recently completed a critical design review (CDR) for the Dual Band Radar, which will be installed on the Navy's next-generation aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).
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From Your Shipbuilding News:

Northrop Grumman completes detail design of Gerald R. Ford Product Model

Northrop Grumman Corporation has completed the development of the detail design phase for the Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) in the 3-dimensional Product Model. Gerald R. Ford is being built by the Shipbuilding sector in Newport News, Va., and is the Navy's first aircraft carrier to be completely designed using a 3-dimensional Product Model.
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From The Register:

US Navy's plane-hurling mass driver in tech hiccup

Radical plans by the US Navy to equip its next aircraft carrier with electromagnetic mass-drivers for launching aircraft instead of the traditional steam catapults have hit technical snags.

The so-called Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, or EMALS, is now under development in a shore-based test facility at Lakehurst naval air station in New Jersey. However, according to reports, the test mass-driver installation suffered serious damage earlier this year in a mishap blamed on a "software malfunction". Apparently the "shuttle" - which moves along the catapult track to accelerate a plane to flying speed - went the wrong way in a test shot and smashed into important equipment.
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Comment: Thomas Edison was said to have commented that he didn't have 10,000 failures, but to have found 10,000 ways which he knew didn't work. If all the press can point to is a software hiccup...even a spectacular one...I can't say as I'm especially worried about it. Problems are made to be solved. Mr. Edison understood that over a century ago.

One has to wonder why the press hasn't figured this out.