Next carrier to be named for Ford

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From HRMilitary.com:

Gerald R. Ford carrier's new aircraft catapult system launches first live Super Hornets
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The oft-maligned new aircraft-launching equipment that will be installed on the U.S. Navy's new class of aircraft carriers successfully catapulted four F/A-18E Super Hornets off a land-based runway late last month, the Navy and the equipment's manufacturer said.
More at http://www.dailypress.com/news/military/dp-nws-emals-20110103,0,2635164.story
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

Construction Begins on Navy's Newest Aircraft Carrier
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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Advance construction started on the nation's newest aircraft carrier Feb. 25 with a "first cut of steel" ceremony at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Newport News, Va.

The steel plate cut will be used in the construction of the carrier, which has yet to be named, but will be designated CVN 79.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58799
 
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From Aviation Week:

Emals Focus Shifts To Production
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While all eyes and most future aircraft carrier hopes rested on December’s first successful Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (Emals) launch of an F/A-18E Super Hornet, the real test is about to begin – making sure the Emals equipment can be produced in time to ensure the CVN-78 can be delivered on schedule.
More at http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_channel.jsp?channel=defense&id=news/asd/2011/03/04/03.xml&headline=Emals%20Focus%20Shifts%20To%20Producti on
 
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From Aviation Week:

Ford Carriers Stay On Schedule
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While the rest of the aircraft carrier community breathed a collective sigh of relief in December when the U.S. Navy’s new Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (Emals) launched its first Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet, shipbuilders and contractors for the next-generation CVN-78-class flattop knew the real work was just beginning.
More at http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_channel.jsp?channel=defense&id=news/dti/2011/04/01/DT_04_01_2011_p30-295729.xml&headline=Ford%20Carriers% 20Stay%20On%20Schedule
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

PEO Carriers Incentivizes Industrial Improvements While Building CVN 78
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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- The Navy's next aircraft carrier, Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), reached a significant step in its construction with the placement of a 945-ton superlift — the largest lifted to date — at Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News facility, May 21.

The carrier is being constructed using a modular process that welds together smaller sections to form larger structural units called superlifts.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=60649
 
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From The Navy Times:

Navy tests carriers’ steam catapult replacement
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PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Navy is testing a replacement for the ubiquitous steam catapults that have hurled countless thousands of planes from aircraft carriers since the 1950s.

The Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, or EMALS, will launch aircraft using a linear electric motor located beneath the carrier deck.
More at http://www.navytimes.com/news/2011/06/gannett-navy-tests-replacement-steam-catapult-062211/
 
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From The World Maritime News:

USA: HII Receives USD 504 Million Contract to Complete Aircraft Carrier Gerald R. Ford
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Huntington Ingalls Industries received a $504 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract extension to continue engineering work associated with construction of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).
More at http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/25906

Comment: This article includes a nice photo of the ship under construction.
 
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From Aviation Week:

Ford Carrier Faces Cost Overruns
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The U.S. Navy’s next-generation aircraft carrier CVN-78 Gerald R. Ford could exceed the current contract’s price by about 11%, Naval Sea Systems Command (Navsea) officials confirm.
More at http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_generic.jsp?channel=aerospacedaily&id=news/asd/2011/08/11/04.xml&headline=Ford%20Carrier%20Faces%20Cost%2 0Overruns

Comment: The people responsible for this program had better get it together. In the present fiscal environment, cost overruns will not be taken lightly!
 
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From Marine Link:

HII Awarded $56.5m CVN 79 Contract Modification
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Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HII) received a $56.5 million contract modification, under a previously awarded contract, for continuation of long lead time material procurement associated with construction of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79).
More at http://www.marinelink.com/news/modification-contract339930.aspx
 
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From Marine Link:

Aircraft Carrier: Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Hits Contstruction Milestone
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Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HII) said that the company's Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division placed an 825-ton superlift on the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) on Sept. 12, completing the ship's stern.
More at http://www.marinelink.com/news/contstruction-milestone340441.aspx
 
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From The Register:

Electric plane-flinger for US and Royal navies doing well
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The electromagnetic mass-driver catapults that will equip the next generation of aircraft carriers in the British and US navies are doing well in tests. This is important to both services, as their next carriers will be effectively useless without the new technology.
More at http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/09/30/emals_tests_confirmed_rn/
 
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From WVEC.com:

Gerald Ford's daughter says aircraft carriers important to nation's defense
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NEWPORT NEWS -- Susan Ford Bale, daughter of President Gerald Ford, said the nation needs a strong defense and aircraft carriers play an important role in the equation.

Ford's daughter was in town to view progress on the ship which will bear her father’s name.
More at http://www.wvec.com/news/military/Gerald-Fords-daughter-says-aircraft-carriers-important-to-nations-defense-131554713.html
 
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Today's Feature Story from The Navy Times:

Ford-class carriers to have larger gyms
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The new Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers will have a more advanced catapult system to launch airplanes, a new type of arresting gear to land them, and an upgraded nuclear propulsion system.

But there’s one little-discussed feature that may make life at sea more enjoyable: bigger gyms.
More HERE

Comment: Given the Navy's near obsession with physical fitness, this is a welcome development.