On which picture can you see the cofferdam?As I noted in another thread where an earlier version of this image was posted, you can see they have ceased letting water into the future basin and have built a cofferdam in front of the old pump house - which suggests that it will be demolished. We can also see the outline of the basin emerging near where the new module assembly area is (it looks like the new pump house/sluice gate will remain in place - at least for now). In an accompanying image you can just see the dredger still active outside the cofferdams.
You're comparing wartime surge to normal operating conditions. Even a Nimitz class very seldom has 90 + airframes embarked. typically around 70. and like you said a J-15 is larger than an FA-18. Remember, the Z18 is also much larger than the Seahawks. I would guesstimate it'll probably hover around 56-60.That seems closer to CV-17 numbers.
At 80 000+ tons, it’s the size of Kitty Hawk, with far more efficient systems on board. That thing had up to 90 aircraft total. Granted, some of the fighters were smaller F/A-18s and only some of the airwing was J-15 sized F-14s.
A more realistic estimate would be 50 fixed wing + a dozen rotary + a handful of propeller craft.
It fits into the puzzle. Maybe 2 years ago, and Chinese admiral Ma Weiming claimed that China's new EMALS is superior to the American one on the Ford and it was initially met with ridicule by most media and some members. Then, months later, China brought out its first ship-mounted rail-gun, showing us for the first time Chinese advances in electromagnetics beyond American capabilities. And now, it's more clear that America's EMALS system has many problems (that Chinese intelligence may have known) and was simply mounted onto a carrier before it was ready (whereas China had a better system designed before the rest of the ship was ready).
This is the third time that Trump touched the topic of US super carrier program since he moved into the White House in 2017. The significance of this news is that it is a clear indication that the US Navy's newest catapult toy hasn't worked properly after tons of money has been spent to improve it. It looks like Trump is losing his patience to the EMALS that he thought was a waste from the beginning. This news may also confirm Gen. Ma Weiming's claim that US's EMALS is decades behind Chinese EMALS.
True.....however apparently the USN thought it was working properly.This is the third time that Trump touched the topic of US super carrier program since he moved into the White House in 2017. The significance of this news is that it is a clear indication that the US Navy's newest catapult toy hasn't worked properly after tons of money has been spent to improve it.