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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:54 am 
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I’m wondering if this ship will ever see actual frontline service......

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:43 pm 
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Supercarrier Ford Returns to Norfolk as Navy Leaders Spar with Shipbuilder, Congress on Setbacks
30 Oct 2019
Military.com | By Gina Harkins
The military's most expensive ship hit what Navy officials are calling a significant milestone Wednesday when it returned to its Virginia homeport.
The aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford is back in Naval Station Norfolk after several setbacks in getting new technology on the ship working, some of which remains ongoing.
Despite the setbacks -- including 15 months of maintenance at Newport News Shipbuilding where the ship was built -- the Navy say the first Ford-class carrier will be "the centerpiece of national defense in an increasingly complex security environment."

"USS Gerald R. Ford is the most technologically advanced, most lethal combat platform in the world," Rear Adm. James Downey, the program executive officer for Navy aircraft carriers, said in a statement. "Everyone, from the highest levels of government to the crew working the deck plates, is laser focused on this aircraft carrier being ready to enter fleet service."
The ship's hefty $13 billion price tag and many maintenance delays have certainly caught flak from leaders in Washington.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 6:20 am 
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I think it was Donald Rumsfeld who came up with the idea of packing all kinds of unproven technology into the projects that were being developed when he was Secretary of Defense.

I am sure he was advised against it for reasons that are all too obvious!

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The worlds most expensive Helo Carrier ! I know they have the new cats and Arresting gear working mostly... In other words not at operational tempo.... Four weapons elevators certified so far.. Operational deployment for 2024 ! Wow ! I think they packed too many new systems into this beast....


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Future Navy Carrier JFK Treats First Patient at Medical
12 Nov 2019
Military.com | By Dorothy Mills-Gregg
The future aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy may be a way off from commissioning, but its medical facilities have already accepted and treated a first patient.
The United States’ second Ford-class aircraft carrier will be the “premier forward asset for crisis response and early decisive striking power in major combat operations,” the Navy said in a Friday release.
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The next in the class, USS John F. Kennedy aka "Big John"(wasn't this the nickname of her predecessor CV67?), continues to take shape.

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To Build its Newest Aircraft Carrier, Newport News Shipyard Used Lessons Learned from Ford
1 Dec 2019
Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) | By Hugh Lessig
A few years ago, Mike Butler was all ears when a rigger suggested a way to cut construction costs on the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy.
Instead of using cranes to assemble giant ship pieces in the yard at Newport News Shipbuilding, a forklift with an extendable boom could do some work faster and just as well, the rigger said.
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Under Pressure, Navy's Top official Pledges to Solve New Carrier's Problems
6 Dec 2019
Military.com | By Matthew Cox
The new acting secretary of the Navy said Thursday that President Donald Trump's concerns over persistent problems with the first Ford-class aircraft carrier have prompted him to make fixing those problems one of his top priorities.
"I was on the [carrier Gerald R. Ford] last week; the Ford is something the president is very concerned about," Thomas B. Modly told an audience at the annual U.S. Naval Institute Defense Forum Washington. "He talks to us about it a lot, and I think his concerns are justified because the ship is very, very expensive and it needs to work."
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Aircraft Carrier John F. Kennedy Christened at Newport News Shipbuilding
9 Dec 2019
Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) | By Hugh Lessig
With the crash of a bottle against its hull, the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy was christened Saturday at Newport News Shipbuilding.
Caroline Kennedy, the late president's daughter, did the honors as ship's sponsor. It marked the second time she christened an aircraft carrier in her father's name. The first aircraft carrier named for JFK served through Vietnam and into the post-911 era. Caroline Kennedy, then a child, launched that ship in 1967.
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