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    Teething problems for the USS Gerald R Ford

    The Ford Class is the newest class of aircraft carrier for the United States. The first ship of her class, USS Gerald R. Ford is experiencing teething problems.

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    All new major systems have bugs to work out. The crew of the Ford love it and never want to go back to Nimitz class carriers.

    US Navy's top official says its new, first-in-class carrier is improving and sailors don't want to get off

    The Ford, now in the fifth month of its 18-month post-delivery test and trials period, finished aircraft compatibility testing at the end of January and certified its flight deck and carrier air-traffic control center on March 20.

    Those events attest to progress on the ship's most important systems, but "the most telling" indicator is its sailors, acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said this week. (Spencer was ousted in December over an unrelated matter.)


    "To talk to the sailors on the ship and see how they feel about it, particularly the ones that have served on a Nimitz carrier before, they understand the difference. They recognize how much more advanced this carrier is, how much easier ... and safer it is for them to do their jobs," Modly said on a March 25 edition of the Defense and Aerospace Report podcast.


    "Many of them told me they never want to go back to a Nimitz carrier after being on this one," Modly added, "and that's for a ship that's still sort of working through its shakedowns here. So I think that's a very telling sign, and generally I think you get to the ground truth when you talk to them."
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    Without reading the article its no secret the Ford has tremendous new Technology and the associative problems with it. All new tech of that nature will do so and most of all in a new ship of her class that she is. The Ford is capable of producing tremendous amounts of electrical power, as will all new ships of differing classes. She will only use 1/2 of the power output she is capable of producing because long term she will be a Laser capable, and probably rail gun capable, ship in short order. Once the USN is capable of putting a 1-megawatt laser on its CVs the Ford class will have them in short order. Theres no real scientific road block to it, its just a question of miniaturization to make the weapon worthwhile because it will need to shoot down AShM's , especially hypersonics, out to 100+ miles from the CV.

    The electrical output is already built into the Ford we just have to wait until the weapon is made small and mobile enough. The Army already has a road mobile laser in the 300 kwt range being tested. The Ford will use a combination of Laser defense , ECM, decoys, RAM missiles, Evolved Sea Sparrow missiles, and the CVBG DDs and CGN's will add all of the above plus the SM family of missiles. All of the above, including the planned next Gen frigates and CGN's, will also add the SPY-6 radar and next Gen Aegis BL-10 combat management system along with advanced networking battle management. The SPY-6 radar family will be modular and upgradeable so even the smaller ships in the USN will be able to use this very powerful new radar technology.

    Eventually we'll have aircraft with look down Laser tech which will be able to shoot down incoming threats a long ways from the CVBG. This was a big part of the design of the F-35C which is really a flying computer and its remarkable avionics suite will also be constantly upgradeable. With the VLS tubes of its escorts and new AShM's for its airplanes, along with new tanker drones, the CVBG will have a very long reach to compliment its defensive ability.

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