Navy's Most Advanced Carrier Launches
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Replacing the 50-year-old Nimitz-class carrier, engineers at Newport News Shipbuilding designed the Ford to accept technology that won't be seen for decades.
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The United States is launching its next generation of aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald Ford, Saturday.
The numbers behind the USS Gerald R. Ford are impressive; about $14 billion in total cost, 224 million pounds, about 25 stories high, 1,106 feet long and 250 feet wide. But the sheer enormity of the ship and construction operation is hard to grasp until you're nearly face-to-metal with the massive military beast.
At Newport News Shipbuilding the power of new technology and 100 years of carrier design is built into every facet of the new ship. The Ford will handle up to 220 takeoffs and landings from its deck every day. Part of that quick turnaround is because when aircraft like the new F-35 return for maintenance, the plane's network will already have alerted ground crews to what's needed so they can get the aircraft on its way faster than ever before.
A carrier's effectiveness isn't judged by its plumbing, but by its ability to deliver lethal military force from these 4.5 acres of sovereign US territory.That lethality comes in many forms — like the weapons aboard the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
The SeaSparrow Missile also factors into lethality with its ability to fly four times the speed of sound, turn on a dime, and intercept anti-ship missiles more than 30 miles out.