Nov 10, 2013
next class of aircraft carriers
The Navy has christened its newest aircraft carrier, which will join the fleet in 2016.
The USS Gerald R. Ford is the lead ship in the Navy's next class of aircraft carriers. It was christened Saturday at the Newport News shipyard where it was built.
The Ford class represents the first new aircraft carrier design in more than 40 years. Among other things, it will be able to launch jets faster than previous aircraft carriers and will require fewer crew members. The Navy anticipates that having fewer crew members on board will save $4 billion over the ship's 50-year life span.
Former president Ford's daughter, Susan Bales Ford, is the ship's sponsor. She performed the ceremonial breaking of a bottle of American sparkling wine across the ship's bow Saturday.
The Ford class aircraft carrier has a five-acre flight deck and carries 75 aircraft. To achieve a smoother launch of the aircraft, the steam-powered catapult system has been replaced by an electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS), similar to the technology used to propel today's roller coasters, says Newport News Shipbuilding, the company building the ship. (csmonitor.com)
The USS Gerald R. Ford Aircraft Carrier, Hàng Không Mẫu Hạm Gerald R. Ford Được làm lễ đăt tên hôm thứ bảy Nov 9th. Cô Susan Bales Ford, con gái của cựu TT G. Ford đã đập vở chai rượu vang theo nghi thức truyền thống giữa tiếng reo hò chúc mừng cúa công chúng và quân nhân Hải Quân Hoa Kỳ
Mẫu Hạm được coi là chiếc đầu tiên cho thế hệ tàu chiến trong tương lai của Mỹ. Tốn 13 tỉ, nhẹ gọn hơn, kỹ thuật tân kỳ hơn, dĩ nhiên nhanh chóng và chính xác hơn. Tiết kiệm cho ngân quỹ Hải Quân hàng tỉ đô la trong suốt thời gian phục vụ.
Gerald R. Ford CVN 78 Christened