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Tango0103 Mar 2017 8:59 p.m. PST

… Carrier Are More Lethal Than Its Predecessors

"Some of the most important mechanic advancements are deep inside the ship part of the revamped elevator system used to carry bombs, missiles and other aircraft-loaded equipment from the Ford's bowels to the vessel's higher decks.

Slated for springtime delivery, the aircraft carrier CVN 78 Gerald Ford has sparked much interest in its technological breakthroughs for launching and recovering aircraft as well as new systems to cut down on the number of sailors that run the ship and run up the costs of operating the vessel.

But some of the most important mechanic advancements are deep inside the ship part of the revamped elevator system used to carry bombs, missiles and other aircraft-loaded equipment from the Ford's bowels to the vessel's higher decks.

The 10 elevators have to carry up to about 200,000 pounds of weapons from the main deck magazine to the flight deck preparation area, according to Newport News shipbuilders at Hunting Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding unit…"

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A Birds-Eye View Comparing A Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carrier To A Ford-Class Carrier

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Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2017 5:29 a.m. PST

It basically looks like all other American carries the last 50 years. They could at least put some flames on the side or racing stripes.

StarCruiser04 Mar 2017 7:46 a.m. PST

Frankly, the basic layout of the US Navy supercarrier hasn't changed much since the Kitty Hawk class – and for good reason – it works.

The only thing about the Ford design that seems to be going backwards is having only 3 aircraft elevators, instead of 4…

Mike Target04 Mar 2017 8:33 a.m. PST

er…the top one appears to have a couple of the alien aircraft from Independence Day parked on top…

Tango0104 Mar 2017 9:39 a.m. PST

(smile)


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doug redshirt05 Mar 2017 12:23 p.m. PST

I thought it was the aircraft that made it lethal. Or do they plan on using it as a gunboat?

Lion in the Stars06 Mar 2017 3:26 p.m. PST

The only thing about the Ford design that seems to be going backwards is having only 3 aircraft elevators, instead of 4…

Apparently the 4th elevator isn't in a very useful space relative to arresting gear or catapults.

One elevator on the port side to feed the waist cats, aft elevator on the starboard side takes planes down to the hangar, and forward elevator feeds the bow cats.

The relocated weapons elevators make it so that a plane can land, get pulled off the arresting wires and moved out of the way directly to refuel and rearm, then move forward onto the bow catapults.

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