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USS Gerald R. Ford CVN-78

Aircraft “Supercarrier” | USS Gerald R. Ford-Class

USS Gerald R. Ford CVN-78USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) is the lead ship of her class of United States Navy supercarriers. It is currently a pre-commissioning unit (PCU) expected to be commissioned into the Navy in 2017. The ship is named after the 38th President of the United States Gerald R. Ford, whose World War II naval service included combat duty aboard the light aircraft carrierMonterey in the Pacific Theater.

The keel of the USS Gerald R. Ford was laid down on 13 November 2009. Construction began on 11 August 2005, when Northrop Grumman held a ceremonial steel cut for a 15-ton plate that forms part of a side shell unit of the carrier. She was christened on 9 November 2013. The schedule called for the ship to join the U.S. Navy’s fleet in March 2016 with the first deployment in 2019. USS Gerald R. Ford will enter the fleet replacing the inactive USS Enterprise (CVN-65), which ended her 51 years of active service in December 2012.

USS Gerald R. Ford CVN-78

General and specialized information

USS Gerald R. FordGerald R. FordN/ASeptember 10, 2008Newport News Shipbuilding
CostLaid downSponsored byChristenedLaunched
$12.8 billion + 4.7 billion in R&DNovember 13, 2019Susan FordNovember 9, 2013N/A
CommissionedHomeportMottoKnicknameCurrent Status
Mid 2017 – ExpectedNS Norfolk, VAIntegrity at the helmGFLaunched – Still under test

General characteristics

Class and type: USS Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier
Displacement:About 100,000 long tons (110,000 short tons; 100,000 tonnes) (full load)[7]
Length:1,106 ft (337 m)[8]
  • 134 ft (41 m) (waterline)
  • 256 ft (78 m) (flight deck)
Height:nearly 250 ft (76 m)
Installed power:Two A1B nuclear reactors
Propulsion:Four shafts
Speed:In excess of 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Range:Unlimited distance; 20–25 years

Systems and Armament

  • RIM-162 ESSM
  • RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile
  • Close-in weapon system (CIWS)
Aircraft carried:More than 75
Aviation facilities:1,092 ft × 256 ft (333 m × 78 m) flight deck

Naming- Gerald R. Ford

Ford in U.S. Navy uniform, 1945

In 2006, while Gerald Ford was still alive, Senator John Warner of Virginia proposed to amend a 2007 defense-spending bill to declare that CVN-78 “shall be named the USS Gerald Ford.”[14] The final version signed by President George W. Bush on 17 October 2006[15] declared only that it “is the sense of Congress that … CVN-78 should be named the U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford.”[16]Since such “sense of” language is typically non-binding and does not carry the force of law,[17] the Navy was not required to name the ship after Ford.

On 3 January 2007, former United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced that the aircraft carrier would be named after Ford during a eulogy for President Ford at Grace Episcopal Church in East Grand Rapids, Michigan.[18] Rumsfeld indicated that he had personally told Ford of the honor during a visit to his home in Rancho Mirage a few weeks before Ford’s death. This makes the aircraft carrier one of the few U.S. ships named after a living person. Later in the day, the Navy confirmed that the aircraft carrier would indeed be named after the former President.[19] On 16 January 2007, Navy Secretary Donald Winter officially named CVN-78 USS Gerald R. Ford. Ford’s daughter Susan Ford Bales was named the ship’s sponsor. The announcements were made at a Pentagon ceremony attended by Vice President Dick Cheney, Senators Warner (R-VA) and Levin (D-MI), Major General Guy C. Swan III, Bales, Ford’s other three children, and others.[20]

The USS America Carrier Veterans Association (CVA) had pushed to name the ship USS America. The CVA is an association of sailors who served aboard USS America (CV-66). The carrier was decommissioned in 1996 and scuttled in the Atlantic, as part of a damage test of large deck aircraft carriers in 2005,[21] and LHA-6 was named America.

History – USS Gerald R. Ford CVN-78

The 555-metric ton island sits in place after being lifted into position on the ship’s flight deck during a ceremony at Newport News Shipbuilding in January 2013.


On 10 September 2008, the U.S. Navy signed a $5.1 billion contract with Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia, to design and construct the carrier. Northrop had begun advance construction of the carrier under a $2.7 billion contract in 2005. The carrier is being constructed at the Huntington Ingalls (formerly Northrop Grumman) Newport News Shipbuilding facilities in Newport News, Virginia, which employs 19,000 workers.[22]

The keel of the new warship was ceremonially laid on 14 November 2009 in Dry Dock 12[23] by Ford’s daughter, Susan Ford Bales. In a speech to the assembled shipworkers and DoD officials, Bales said: “Dad met the staggering challenges of restoring trust in the presidency and healing the nation’s wounds after Watergate in the only way he knew how — with complete honesty and integrity. And that is the legacy we remember this morning.”[24]

As of August 2011, the carrier was reported to be “structurally halfway complete”.[25] In April 2012, it was said to be 75 percent complete.[26] On 24 May 2012, the important milestone of completing the vessel up to the waterline was reached when the critical lower bow was lifted into place.[27] This was the 390th of the nearly 500 lifts of the integral modular components (from which the vessel is assembled) that the ship’s construction will ultimately require. On 8 October 2012, the carrier reached over 88 percent of the complete structural construction. Huntington Ingalls reported (in an 8 Nov. 2012 GLOBE NEWSWIRE press release) that they have “Reached 87 percent structural completion of CVN-78 Gerald R. Ford“.[28] By 19 December 2012, construction had reached 90 percent structural completion. “Of the nearly 500 total structural lifts needed to complete the ship, 446 have been accomplished.”[29]

Gerald R. Ford sitting in drydock during construction.

The island was originally scheduled to land in 2012.[30] However, the island landing and ceremony actually took place on 26 January 2013.[30]

On 9 April 2013, the flight deck of the carrier was completed following the addition of the ship’s upper bow section, bringing the ship to 96 percent structural completion.[31]

On 7 May 2013, the last of 162 superlifts was put in place, bringing the ship to 100 percent structural completion.[32] Remaining work that needed to be done included hull painting, shafting work, completion of electrical systems, mooring equipment, installation of radar arrays, and flooding of the dry dock.[33]

On 11 July 2013, a time capsule was welded into a small room just above the floor, continuing a long Navy tradition. The time capsule holds items chosen by President Ford’s daughter, Susan Ford Bales, and includes sandstone from the White House, Navy coins, and aviator wings from its first commanding officer.[34]

The ship was originally scheduled for launch in July 2013 and delivery in 2015.[25] Production delays meant that the launch had to be delayed until 11 October 2013 and the naming ceremony until 9 November 2013,[35] with delivery February 2016.[2][36]

On 3 October 2013, Gerald R. Ford had four 30-ton, 21 ft (6.4 m)-diameter bronze propellers installed. The installation of the propellers required more than 10 months of work to install the underwater shafting.[37]

Susan Ford Bales, daughter of President Gerald R. Ford, christensGerald R. Ford.

On 11 October 2013, the ship’s drydock was flooded for the first time in order to test various seawater-based systems.[38] Her launch date was set to be on the same day as her naming ceremony on 9 November 2013.[39]

On 9 November 2013, the ship was christened by Ford’s daughter, Susan Ford Bales, with a bottle of American sparkling wine.[2][40]

As of 2013, construction costs were estimated at $12.8 billion, 22% over the 2008 budget, plus $4.7 billion in research and development costs. Because of budget difficulties, the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Jonathan Greenert, has warned there may be a two-year delay beyond 2016 in completing Gerald R. Ford.[2] The GAO reports that the price cap will be met by the Navy accepting an incomplete ship for that cost.[41]

Gerald R. Ford on the James River on 11 June 2016.

On 23 September 2015, the Navy announced that several weeks of testing delays will likely slip the delivery date into April or May 2016. In addition, construction was 93% complete as of September 2015.[42]

In July 2016, a memo was obtained by CNN from Michael Gilmore, the US Department of Defense’s Director of Operational Testing and Evaluation indicating that problems with four major flight systems would further delay combat readiness of the ship.[6] The ship was not expected to be delivered until November 2016 and these issues were suggested to further delay that goal. Construction of the ship is described as 98% complete, with 88% of testing finished.

USS Gerald R. Ford – Performance Improvements

Performance improvements

Gerald R. Ford is intended to be the first of a class of aircraft carriers that offer significant performance improvements over the previous Nimitz class. Gerald R. Ford is equipped with an AN/SPY-3 active electronically scanned array multi-function radar, and an island that is shorter in length and 20 feet (6.1 m) taller than that of the Nimitz class; it is set 140 feet (43 m) further aft and 3 feet (0.91 m) closer to the edge of the ship. Replacing traditional steam catapults, the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) will launch all carrier aircraft. This innovation eliminates the traditional requirement to generate and store steam, freeing up considerable below-deck square footage. With this EMALS innovation, Gerald R. Ford can accomplish 25% more aircraft launches per day than the Nimitz class and requires 25% fewer crew members. The Navy estimates it will save $4 billion in operating costs over a 50-year lifespan.[43] According to an Associated Press story:

‘She is truly a technological marvel,’ Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert said in a webcast ceremony at the Newport News, Va., shipyard where Gerald R. Ford is being built. ‘She will carry unmanned aircraft, joint strike fighters, and she will deploy lasers.’[44]

However, these performance enhancers have proven problematic in Pentagon tests.[45] In January, 2014, the annual Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) report said that critical ship systems including the EMALS, Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG), Dual Band Radar, and weapons elevators were not reliable enough and needed more testing and improvements. EMALS testing recorded 201 launch failures out of 1,967 launches, equaling a reliability rate of 240 mean cycles (launching of one aircraft) between critical failures. Testing of the AAG recorded 9 arresting failures out of 71 attempts, equaling a reliability rate of 20 mean cycles (recovery of one aircraft) between operational mission failure, a failure rate 248 times higher than should be expected. Those systems performed at a fraction of their requirements for shipboard configurations, and even less of required standards. Radar and weapons elevator test data was not made available, but were also below expectations. The Navy maintains that further testing will resolve the problems. Tests also showed that the launching and landing systems on Gerald R. Ford would place extra stress on aircraft with external fuel tanks.[46]Gerald R. Ford is projected to be able to generate 30 percent more sorties than Nimitz-class carriers, but the DOT&E report claims that is too optimistic, though the Navy also maintains that assumption based on modeling and simulations. Gerald R. Ford is planned to complete Initial Operational Test & Evaluation in 2017 before entering service.


USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) – References

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U.S. Navy’s newest aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford CVN-78

Published on May 31, 2015

Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) is to be the lead ship of her class of United States Navy supercarriers. As announced by the U.S. Navy on 16 January 2007, the ship is named after the 38th President of the United States Gerald R. Ford, whose World War II naval service included combat duty aboard the light aircraft carrier Monterey in the Pacific Theater

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A transcription from the Commissioning speech is available here below for those who need it. Please keep in mind this is an automated transcription from Google – 100% accuracy is not to be expected. Thanks you for your understanding.
the USS Gerald Ford replaces with the Navy called it’s a nimitz-class aircraft
carrier fleet of 10 nuclear war ships designed in the late 1960s and
commission may 1975 the nimitz-class is still in operation but in 1996 Navy
officials knew they need a new ship for the 21st century the Navy one of the
house at least 75 aircraft on the new ship’s deck and it wanted a better
nuclear energy system is designed progressed those requests became more
precise and more numerous newport news shipbuilding company work to turn those
requests into reality
first the company decided the Ford would use electricity for power instead of
steam and in the nimitz-class carrier had a lot of service team whether went
to the laundry the galley a lot of areas of the ship so here we replaced all that
with electrical power systems
so there’s less maintenance didn’t write those steam pipes corrode you have to go
do maintenance on the valves and question
you know we got them out replace in overalls and here you won’t have to do
any of that the cable
this is designed to last life of the ship very low maintenance that would
allow for a host of new innovations for of those new innovations stand out but
first is something called flexible infrastructure architecture
this is a modular design concept so if the Navy wants to convert a room from
being a storage space into a boardroom for example it can do that without
having to hire big cruise to take care of the work
another innovation is advanced weapons elevators relying on electromagnetic
fields instead of cables these massive elevators can carry twice as much
material and their predecessors
so we have one less aircraft elevator than nimitz-class says three is opposed
to the for all that was part of the design –
hands flight deck
usage so that’s a key aspect right that’s what the carrier does a third
major change is the use of an electromagnetic aircraft launch system
known as emails
these use an electromagnetic field that catapult aircraft into the sky
previous versions of these launchers use steam tables compared with their
predecessors emails are lighter smaller more efficient and more reliable
they can also launch a fighter jet every 45 seconds and then there’s the
multifunction radar and known as a dual band radar these combine the tools used
for big picture scans as well as precision targeting in the past those
activities were completely separate
now those two pieces of the same this means fewer radar antennas are spinning
and fewer people are required to keep tabs on the ships around
I’ve had the pleasure to serve a lot of carriers I was most recently the
executive officer on harry s truman before that I served on the conventional
carriers kitty hawk and consolation but my first deployment and first carrier
that I was ever on with the theodore roosevelt
I did that back as a junior officer for Desert Storm
the ship is so different from any other ship that I’ve ever been on
and that holds true for all of our sailors you know no matter how many
aircraft carriers you’ve been on before
you’ve never been on a Ford class aircraft carrier everything we do is
we’ve got a new reactor design the way we launch and recover aircraft is
different that simple things as far as how we heat the water is different
we’ve gone to virtually an all-electric ship it’s going to be more networked and
more connected if you will than any other ship by moving the island to ask
we’ve really improved the the layout of the flight deck so when aircraft land
will be able to come back a refuel and rearm in the in kind of a pit stop
type of model really kind of modeled after NASCAR you combine all that we’ve
been able to reduce the manpower in this ship the crew size about 600 people now
600 folks is a lot when you figure 600 sailors over 50 plus your life of the
ship and also a design that is streamlined our maintenance requirements
and and more robustly designed equipment that’s about a four to five billion
dollar savings over the life of the ship in total operational costs so there is a
high bill up front for this carry without a doubt is a first class but it
is designed from the outset to operate
more efficiently and to have greater availability to the reduced maintenance
he’ll United States taking her journal
in Maine cvn 78 after president for we have installing an appropriate on on a
distinguished public servant who had a deep and personal connection with
aircraft carriers throughout his life
no one would have appreciated more the honor of having a carrier named after
him and then present for it made a future sales of USS gerald r ford always
show themselves to be worthy of their ships named and may they always honor
the legacy of a great
the gerald r ford continues our tradition of building quality ships
it is our duty
it is our responsibility
and indeed our great privilege
in time of crisis and there were many during his presidency
President Ford and the presence that have followed ask this one question
where are the aircraft carriers everyday inches us closer to that day when the
response from our Navy will be mr. president gerald r ford stands ready
awaiting your orders
our Navy remains a symbol of the United States of our dedicated and skilled
sailors of our technological genius and are massive
but improve military strength which patrols the oceans of the world on a
gentlemen welcome to the christening of the gerald r ford cvn 78
I’m Jennifer done director of communications at newport news
shipbuilding and it’s my pleasure to welcome you here this morning and to
introduce our platform guests if everyone could please rise as the
official party takes its place on the platform
please welcome captain Jarome hinson US navy chaplain captain Kevin Terry
supervisor of shipbuilding newport is Captain John Meyer commanding officer
gerald r ford CBN 70a
Rear Admiral Thomas More program executive officer aircraft carriers
Vice Admiral David buss commander Naval Air Force’s and commander Naval Air
Force US Pacific Fleet and now please welcome our matron of honor mrs. time
berlanga escorted by newport news shipbuilding Kevin Stewart
please welcome our second matron of honor mrs. Heather Devers escorted by
newport news shipbuilding Gerald Barnes
the Honorable rob wittman US House of Representatives 1st congressional
district Virginia
the Honorable Randy Forbes US House of Representatives 4th congressional
district Virginia
the Honorable Bobby Scott US House of Representatives 3rd congressional
district Virginia
the Honorable Sean stack lee assistant secretary of the Navy research
development and acquisition
mr. Mike patters president and CEO huntington ingalls industries
Admiral John Richardson director naval nuclear propulsion program
Admiral jonathan Greenert chief of naval operations
the Honorable car 11
US Senator Michigan
the Honorable Robert McDonald governor of Virginia
the Honorable donald rumsfeld and
the Honorable Richard Cheney
and now please welcome our ship’s sponsor
Susan Ford bales accompanied by newport news shipbuilding president Matt
ladies and gentlemen please remain standing for the parade of the colors
and the national anthem president gerald r ford is the only u.s. president to
attain the rank of Eagle Scout the highest honor of the boy scouts of
america in recognition of this achievement
we are fortunate to be joined by hundreds of boy scouts from Virginia and
from President Ford’s hometown grand rapids michigan the parade of colors
today is by the Eagle Scout color guard from the colonial Virginia council boy
scouts of america
this will be followed by the national anthem performed by the victors quartet
from the University of Michigan President Ford’s alma mater color guard
parade the colors
I what so we know which one I asked me whose butts drive Sun Rise rule fart all
the parts we watched were so God and streaming
I was there
Star Spangled way
and uh ah ah
color guard retire the colors
ladies and gentlemen please welcome captain Jarome Henson to deliver the
let us pray Almighty God in times long past the christening of a warship was a
test of integrity as the ship would slide down the ways and into the water
for the first time the builders professional integrity was matched by
the ship’s watertight integrity
how fitting Lord this morning we gather to Christmas ship whose name’s sake
persona fide integrity as an eagle scout naval officer husband father and yes
President of the United States as the bottle breaks on the bow of the USS
gerald r ford o Lord may the very molecules of the ship sing with it
may it be O Lord that the spirit of the crew exemplify it made be O Lord that
had every moment of testing our nation may be found where the of it
further it is only with integrity at the helm that the blessings of liberty may
be safeguarded from now until the end of the ages
bless this ship her sponsor the builders and crew as we look forward to the day
when she may be under way and at sea in your service
we pray all men please be seated

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USS CVN-68 Nimitz

Nimitz Class

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) is a supercarrier of the United States Navy, and the lead ship of her class (Nimitz-Class). One of the largest warships in the world, she was laid down, launched and commissioned as CVAN-68 but was redesignated CVN 68 (nuclear-powered multimission aircraft carrier) on 30 June 1975 as part of the fleet realignment.

HMAS Adelaide (L01) [Australia] – Canberra Class

HMAS Adelaide (L01) is the second of two Canberra-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) ships under construction for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Construction of the ship started at Navantia’s Spanish shipyard with steel-cutting in February 2010. The ship was laid down in February 2011, and launched on 4 July 2012. Delivery to Australia for fitting out at BAE Systems Australia’s facilities in Victoria was scheduled for 2013.

HMAS Canberra (L02) [Australia] – Canberra Class