The Troubled Aircraft Carrier USS Gerald R. Ford Is (Finally) Prepared for Combat – Popular Mechanics April 8, 2022

I saw this recently on Popular Mechanics – The Troubled Aircraft Carrier USS Gerald R. Ford Is (Finally) Prepared for Combat: https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/navy-ships/a39664440/uss-gerald-r-ford-is-finally-prepared-for-combat/. Longer article.

BY KYLE MIZOKAMI APR 8, 2022

After two decades of development and delays, the transformational carrier is ready for action.

The aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford, the most expensive warship ever built, is finally ready for combat duty. The U.S. Navy quietly approved the ship for initial operations capability during the tail end of 2021, with little to no fanfare—an unusual ending to a ship development process that saw more than a half-decade of terrible publicity. Ford will head out for its first deployment later this year, four years later than originally planned.

Gerald R. Ford is the first of the Ford-class aircraft carriers; the class will eventually replace existing Nimitz-class carriers. As the first class in decades, Ford-class ships will integrate a whole slew of new technologies. Ford was designed with a new radar system, the Dual-Band Radar; new electromagnetically-powered aircraft launch catapults and weapons elevators; new aircraft arresting gear; and more. The result was supposed to be a highly efficient warship capable of more aircraft sorties.

Unfortunately, much of the new equipment ran into serious technical problems. While these issues were gradually knocked out, the most pervasive problem—the advanced weapons elevators (AWEs) that lifted aircraft bombs and missiles from the bowels of the ship to the flight deck—was only completely solved last year. The program manager for Ford, quoted in DefenseOne, tied the eventual AWE solution to the ship’s initial-operations-capable declaration.

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3 Responses to The Troubled Aircraft Carrier USS Gerald R. Ford Is (Finally) Prepared for Combat – Popular Mechanics April 8, 2022

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    I heard here and there about the problem of USS Ford

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