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    KENTUCKY off Dutch Harbor, Alaska
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    If you want to know the types of things the US Navy is doing with the Laser Weapons System (LAWS) which has been mounted on the USS Ponce for the last 2-3 years, watch this video, and realize that soon, this sort of system will be in use on other ships for close in defenses, and on aircraft as well.:



     
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    http://thehill.com/policy/defense/351763-marine-corps-to-have-female-infantry-officer-report
     
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    USNS Comfort
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    Good to see more and more air ops on the Ford...and at night too!

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    Thought I would show everyone the enhanced Ford Self defense capabilities as they currently stand. These are just the weapons systems and do not include the new radars and other sensors that have been employed.

    This post and the next two will outline the systems.

    First, overall here is the layout. What you have are:

    3 x Phalanx 20mm CIWS
    2 x RAM Missile Systems (42 ready missiles) - can be reloaded at sea
    2 x ESSM Missile Systems (16 ready missiles) can be reloaded at sea

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    Let's look at the port side:

    Here's the aft ESSM launcher:

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    Here's the amidships Phalanx CIWS:

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    Here's the forward RAM launcher:

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    Now the starboard side:

    Here's the aft Phalanx 20mm CIWS

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    Here's the aft RAM launcher:

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    Here's the forward ESSM and Phalanx 20mm CIWS:

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    That's very decent self defense for the carrier.

    The Ford class has enough surplus electrical power to allow it to later offer both the Close in Rail-gun defense and Close in Laser defense, which I expect she will incorporate as soon as they are fully tested and ready.

    She has plenty of room to be able to add these weapons, particularly aft, without taking away the other systems, which is exactly what I hope they will do.

    She has the room and the power to place a rail gun and a laser on the big aft sponsons on both sides.

    I am intending to show this on the model of the USS Enterprise I am building in 1/350 scale. CVN-80, the 3rd Ford class carrier.
     
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    DDG-119 Delbert D. Black launched
     
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