Aircraft Carriers III


bd popeye

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a trail of tears,
I guess one day the ship will sail on a deployment..one day..but not very soon.

off topic...The term trail of tears comes from this piece of American history;

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The CVN-78 saga is not quite a trail of tears. But has been ongoing now for years. Say how about trail of years...???
 

Jura

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articles about Spencer's spin:
Top Navy Official Lashes Out Over Troubled New Carrier That May Not Be Ready Until 2024 Now
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SecNav Fires Back at Critics Over Problems with Newest Supercarrier
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well I've been telling you for some time the concurrency produces trash
Mar 12, 2016
..., it's clear to me the US Military should've instead gradually develop, gradually test, gradually manufacture, gradually field new options, not like scrambling many of them together and wait more than a decade for some Wunderwaffe, which only "ultimately" works ...
of course it was convenient for shipyards to deliver multi-billion trash, and the USN accepted multi-billion trash (and I don't mean just the Ford, if you want, I'll describe some other game-changers)
 

Air Force Brat

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articles about Spencer's spin:
Top Navy Official Lashes Out Over Troubled New Carrier That May Not Be Ready Until 2024 Now
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SecNav Fires Back at Critics Over Problems with Newest Supercarrier
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well I've been telling you for some time the concurrency produces trash
Mar 12, 2016
of course it was convenient for shipyards to deliver multi-billion trash, and the USN accepted multi-billion trash (and I don't mean just the Ford, if you want, I'll describe some other game-changers)
Well my friend, problems and delays do NOT equal trash, the day will come when we might all be dependant on the Ford, she will be ready, and she will deliver! the petty criticisms and cruel words of "internet warriors", will not stop the Ford, her crew, and the USN from delivering when called upon...

yes she does have some issues, but if needed, she would set sail and deliver on the promise, mark my word!

folks here have criticised you without any thought for hurting you my friend, but the Air Force Brat has your back.

Men and weapons systems all have our flaws my friend, there is only one PERFECT MAN bro, I stand behind the Ford, and the winning team who designed and built her, and the winning team who will fight her some day!
 

bd popeye

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NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia (NNS) -- The Navy’s newest aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) completed a five-day pierside fast cruise evolution on Wednesday, Oct. 23 ahead of departing Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS) later this month.

The fast cruise was a culminating training evolution designed to bring Ford to life after her 15-month post-shakedown availability (PSA). Sailors across the ship were thrust into various scenarios that tested their ability to respond in challenging and sometimes stressful environments.

Though the PSA mainly focused on making material improvements to the ship, the crew consistently trained and honed their collective skills in an effort to maintain their overall readiness. The Sailors would periodically simulate brief at-sea periods to ensure they stayed relevant on basic seamanship, damage control, navigation and life-saving skills.

“The fast cruise was an opportunity for the crew to put into action the lessons they’ve learned over the past 15 months,” said Lt. Cmdr. Nick Devorak, Ford’s training officer. “While in Newport News, the crew has been regularly conducting General Quarters drills, man overboard evolutions, and the like. The last five days allowed the team a dedicated period to put their knowledge and skills to the test in a simulated at-sea environment.

“Evolutions like the fast cruise are critical because it gets Sailors in the right mindset before taking a warship to sea,” explained Devorak.

While the focus of the fast cruise was on training, the evolution also represented an opportunity for the crew to affect a change in mindset, one from that of being in the shipyard to becoming operational and ready to perform at sea.

“Here on Warship 78, we call this being ‘Warship Ready,’” said Capt. J.J. Cummings, Ford’s commanding officer. “Warship Ready means our time in the shipyard is over and we now look forward to post-delivery testing and trials. We will now focus on taking our ship to sea, becoming operationally ready and training to use the most technologically advanced systems in the Navy.”

For Cummings, being ‘Warship Ready’ means going beyond readiness. It also means being resilient and having resolve. The fast cruise offered an opportunity for Ford Sailors to bolster both.

“Having our Sailors sequestered in at-sea environment – living, eating and sleeping on the ship, allowed them to get a real glimpse of life at sea,” he explained. “There should now be no surprises; our Sailors will fully know what is expected of them as we prepare to take our mighty warship to sea.”

For Sailors such as Airman Adrian Guardo, from Lancaster, California, assigned to Ford’s Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department, is looking forward to returning the warship to sea.

“I have trained my whole career for this moment, I joined the Navy to get out to sea and I’m glad we are doing it,” said Guardo.

Next Ford will prepare to depart HII-NNS and begin sea trials where the crew will have an opportunity to apply what they’ve learned at sea. The crew, in cooperation with NNS engineers and shipyard employees, will run through a comprehensive sequence of evolutions to test and validate systems maintained or modified during the PSA. Sea trials is the underway culminating event of the PSA. It is an opportunity for the Navy to more fully evaluate whether the work performed during PSA was completed satisfactorily.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our Sailors,” said Cummings. “They met the challenges of the PSA head on and knocked it out of the park. But it’s time to ditch our hardhats and set our sights on getting back to sea.”

Nuclear-powered aircraft carriers are the backbone of the 355-ship Navy the nation needs, offering the lethality, resilience and rapid adaptability required to compete, deter and win in an increasingly complex security environment. The Navy designed the Ford-Class aircraft carrier—the first new aircraft carrier design in more than 40 years— with the warfighting capability essential for the 21st century, and the flexibility and resilience to rapidly adapt to emerging threats. While the Nimitz-class is highly capable, the Ford-class aircraft carrier provides advances in operational availability, flexibility to accommodate high power/energy warfighting advances, increased sortie generation, and improved survivability to defeat projected threats.
 

bd popeye

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Now go to your stations on the special sea and anchor detail.

The ship expects to get underway at time zero eight hundred!

The officer of the deck is shifting his watch from the Quarterdeck to the navigational bridge. Dial 201 or 202!

Shift colors, shift colors!! The ship is underway!


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Oct. 25, 2019) USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) gets underway for the first time since beginning its post-shakedown availability July 2018. Ford is currently conducting sea trials, a comprehensive test of the ship's systems and technologies. (U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Connor Loessin)

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Jura

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Oct 12, 2019
two intermingled the Lincoln-related stories:

F-15s, air defense systems and thousands of U.S. troops heading to Saudi Arabia
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("The force increase comes as the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln is nearing the end of its deployment in the region. Should that deployment not be extended, the number of forces in the region would drop by nearly half.")

Pentagon Hasn’t Extended Carrier Lincoln Deployment as More Troops Headed to Saudi Arabia
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but I'm guessing no body cares here, so post just the links
while now
Admiral: Carrier Lincoln’s Middle East Mission Will Be Extended
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("readiness jam" also inside)
 

Jura

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Yesterday at 9:46 PM
articles about Spencer's spin:
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SECNAV, lawmaker trade barbs on Ford flattop woes
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"Spencer blamed Congress Wednesday for ever putting a price cap on the carrier, which he likened to making a deal to get your house painted for $100 and then offering the painter only $75."

without a price ceiling, the supplier would charge twenty billion just like that, with the USN applauding!

here's what I offered
Jun 8, 2019
I was thinking about the situation and my conjecture is this:

if the USN knew about serious issues of the Ford Project,

now (2019) it'd be the time to concede to them and notify the Congress (so that they can "rebaseline" I mean extra money in FY21);

if the USN just covered up serious issues now, and this is what I suspect is going on,

the Fords would be left to their fate as the Zumwalts
 
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Intrepid

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Men and weapons systems all have our flaws my friend, there is only one PERFECT MAN bro, I stand behind the Ford, and the winning team who designed and built her, and the winning team who will fight her some day!
In the end, the first Chinese aircraft carrier with electromagnetic launch and landing gear will be finished earlier than the USS Ford.
 

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