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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:02 am 
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General Atomics Awarded Contract for Ford-class EMALS and AAG Spares

Navy Recognition - 10 October 2017
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General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it has been awarded a definitized delivery order for the first set of on board repair parts (spares), providing sustainment support to the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system on the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). This delivery order also provides spares to support the AAG land-based site at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.


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The Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) launched an F/A-18E/F Super Hornet from on board USS Gerald R. Ford July 29, marking a naval aviation first. (U.S. Navy Photo)
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The Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system traps an F/A-18E/F Super Hornet on board USS Gerald R. Ford on July 29, marking a naval aviation first. (U.S. Navy Photo)

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* First Fixed Wing Aircraft Recovered Aboard USS Gerald R. Ford
* USS Gerald R. Ford's First Fixed-Wing Aircraft Launch

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Pentagon could be ordering two Ford-class carriers at one go

Vice Adm. Tom Moore, commander of Naval Sea Systems Command, told USNI News that the service is keen to execute a two carrier block-buy to save time and money.

Moore said during the interview on Dec. 18 that it will allow the service “to get (CVN) 81 quicker” as materials can be ordered for both ships at the same time.

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Video: How goes construction on the next Ford-class carrier, USS John F. Kennedy?


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An update on the 2nd in the class:

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Here’s the latest on America’s next supercarriers
By: David B. Larter   8 hours ago

WASHINGTON ― The future Ford-class aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy is nearing the halfway mark, the head of Huntington Ingalls said Thursday.

In a conference call with investors, Ingalls chief executive Mike Petters said the Kennedy, being built in Newport News Shipbuilding, was tracking to launch ahead of schedule.

“At Newport News, CVN 79 Kennedy is approximately 75 percent structurally complete and 43 percent complete overall,” Petters said. “The team continues to produce results that are in line with our expectations and is pushing to accelerate launch by three months to the fourth quarter of 2019.

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General Atomics Awarded Contract for Ford-class EMALS and AAG Spares

Navy Recognition - 10 October 2017
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General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it has been awarded a definitized delivery order for the first set of on board repair parts (spares), providing sustainment support to the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system on the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). This delivery order also provides spares to support the AAG land-based site at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.




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"definitized"

Who writes this rubbish ?

"Defined" - yes,

"Confirmed" - yes,

"definitized" - why invent a word, and what is the writer actually trying to say ?

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So the made up word "definitized" mean "confirmed", or "finalised" - easy.

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I find this article headline confusing, since another article from last year on the previous page also claims the same milestone was reached in June of 2017. Whereas this article below was dated on August of this year.

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The US Navy’s next carrier is now 50 percent complete
By: Jeff Martin   August 31

WASHINGTON — The future aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy, the next ship in the Ford class, is now 50 percent complete, according to the Newport News Naval Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls.

The ship reached the halfway point after a “superlift,” where one of the largest construction units on the ship — a 905-metric-ton aft section — was installed, according to the company news release. That section is 80 feet long, 110 feet wide and four decks in height, the shipbuilder said.

The ship is set to be launched in late 2019.

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The difference could be the word "structural".

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Why the Navy thinks the carrier Gerald R. Ford will work after all
By: Mark D. Faram   7 hours ago
The technology glitches plaguing the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford, lead ship of the Navy’s next generation of flattops, are getting fixed, officials told lawmakers during a Tuesday hearing on Capitol Hill.
The combination punch of good news at the Senate Armed Services' Seapower Subcommittee included testimony that the Navy has recorded significant cost savings during the building of the John F. Kennedy, the next Ford-class carrier, and is prepping to purchase two similar flattops in fiscal 2020.
Pressed by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., on possible problems with the Ford’s advanced weapons elevators, James F. Geurts — assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition — predicted the Ford would leave the Newport News Shipbuilding yard with a working system for delivering ordnance to the flight deck.
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Navy Finally Has One Weapons Elevator Working on Its Newest Carrier
22 Jan 2019
Military.com | By Richard Sisk
The bigger and faster electromagnetic weapons elevator on the new aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford is finally ready for use, an achievement the Navy called a "major milestone" for the program and other Ford-class carriers to be built in the future.
Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer said earlier this month that he had bet his job on getting all the Ford's elevators to work, telling President Donald Trump that the project would be done by this summer "or you can fire me."
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Navy Takes Out Drone in Groundbreaking Test for Supercarrier Gerald R. Ford
5 Feb 2019
Military.com | By Gina Harkins
Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect that the event occurred on a test vessel, not aboard the Ford as previously stated.
The Navy recently got a step closer to getting the first ship in its new class of aircraft carriers ready for combat missions with a live-fire test off the coast of California.
A drone was taken out by Raytheon's latest integrated combat system that’s being developed for the supercarrier Gerald R. Ford, Raytheon announced Tuesday. The event took place on a test vessel off the coast of California, said Ian Davis, a Raytheon spokesman.
The system the Navy used to take down the drone is called the Ship Self-Defense System. It integrates a myriad of equipment that will be used aboard the Navy’s first Ford-class carrier, such as sensors, missiles and radars.
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While this sounds very promising, I hope the USN has a backup system. Anyone who has worked with an "all or nothing" system knows that it is great until it goes down and you are left with "nothing"!

In my view, this has been a major failing in the thinking of Western navies in the past, although there are encouraging signs of a shift in recent warship designs to a more flexible way of fighting.

By contrast, the Soviets believed in a more layered approach to defensive systems aboard their ships, particularly in AAW. Of course, this carried over to their sensors and in my opinion they tended to be a bit overburdened with many different types of radars etc. on any given vessel.

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One would think that with all the taxpayer dollars you put into this program the words "faulty" wouldn't ever be in the same sentence as "nuclear."

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Faulty Nuclear Propulsion and Elevators Further Delay USS Ford's Delivery
27 Mar 2019
Stars and Stripes | By Scott Wyland
Repairing the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford's nuclear propulsion systems and weapons elevators is taking longer than expected, causing a three-month delay in delivering a vessel that has continually run over budget and schedule since its construction began a decade ago.
The lead ship of its class, the Ford won't join the fleet until October so crews can finish repairs and other work, Navy officials told a House Armed Services subcommittee Tuesday.
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Congress Unhappy With Ford-Class Inability to Deploy With F-35 Fighters
By: Ben Werner
June 3, 2019 6:33 PM
CAPITOL HILL – The Navy’s newest aircraft carriers are being delivered without the capability to deploy with the service’s most advanced fighters, a situation lawmakers call unacceptable.
The House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee included in its Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act mark language a prohibition for the Navy to accept delivery of its next Ford-class carrier, John F. Kennedy (CVN-79), unless the carrier can deploy with F-35C Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters, a committee staff member said during a media briefing Monday. The carrier is expected to be christened by the end of 2019.
Cost caps imposed by Congress on the Ford-class program to keep the price of these ships from escalating have accomplished the opposite effect, with the Navy accepting delivery of unfinished carriers and intending to pay more money later on to add critical capabilities in the future, the committee staff member said.
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There is always a choice in building new ships: do you fit them them with all the latest equipment now or do you leave some things until a later refit?

In the case of the new carriers, the F18 will be in service for some time to come, given the number of carriers in service it probably makes sense to upgrade them for the F-35C when they go into refit, rather than go to the extra expense of fitting the new carriers for them, when they will probably have a year or two conducting trials and working up to being fully operational with the F-18s.

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Is this ship ever going to be ready/able to combat deploy???? :scratch:

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It is the first of a new class and has many new/upgraded technologies. It will take a while before she is fully combat-ready.

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