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|Record ID: 1515793626||From: 澳洲|
|A C-2 Greyhound launches from a carrier at sea.Bmcdev10 via Wikimedia Commons
The C-2's main role is as a transport plane. These planes bring in much-needed supplies and personnel on and off board. Brophy said the C-2 is "vital for what we do, logistics is key to the success of an air wing."
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The USS Gerald R. Ford's departure under its own power, from Huntington Ingalls Industries's Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia, marked the first time in 42 years the Navy has stretched the sea legs of a new class of carrier.
It was on March 1, 1975 when the USS Nimitz - currently the oldest aircraft carrier in the US Navy's fleet - got underway from the very same pier for its sea trials.
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Construction of the Ford started in November 2009, although the ship's conception started as early as November 2006.
While it was officially christened at the end of 2013 and due to be commissioned in 2015, the ship ran into problems with its advanced systems and overran its initial budget of US$10.5 billion (S$ 14.8 billion). Its final cost is estimated to be around US$12.9 billion.
Over 5,000 shipbuilders worked on the ship, with thousands of suppliers across the United States contributing parts to build it.
|Record ID: 1515793626R055||From: 紐西蘭|
Enhanced flight deck to increase sortie rates
While the size of the Ford's flight deck is similar to a Nimitz-class, the requirement for a higher sortie (airstrikes) rate led to design changes, including a smaller island.
It is capable of carrying up to 90 aircraft, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, F/A-18F Super Hornet, E-2C/D Hawkeye, EA-18G Growler and MH-60S Seahawk.
An electromagnetic aircraft launch system, similar to those used on roller coasters, will also replace the traditional steam catapults.
Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS)
This increases the number of airstrikes the Ford can launch to 160 per day, compared with the 140 by the Nimitz-class. In times of crisis and intense air warfare activity, a maximum of 220 airstrikes can be launched from its two flight decks.
|Record ID: 1515793626R056||From: 紐西蘭|
Not entirely defenceless
The Ford will be armed with the Raytheon evolved Sea Sparrow missile (ESSM), which defends against high-speed, highly manoeuvrable anti-ship missiles.
Its close-in weapon system is the rolling airframe missile (RAM), which fires small and lightweight infrared homing surface-to-air missiles.
|Record ID: 1515793626R057||From: 紐西蘭|
|More Ford-class carriers on the way
When the US Navy first announced the Ford-class carriers in January 2007, the plan was to have the USS Gerald R. Ford and USS John F. Kennedy (now under construction) to be commissioned in 2016 and 2020 respectively.
Further ships of the class will then enter service at five-year intervals, with a total of 10 Ford-class carriers planned and construction continuing till 2058.
|Record ID: 1515793626R058||From: 紐西蘭|
The aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford in Dry Dock 12 at Newport News Shipbuilding.
Amid all its upgrades and advances, the US Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, is lacking one feature: urinals.
Every bathroom on the Ford is, for the first time, gender neutral, equipped with flush toilets and stalls, according to Navy Times.
Bathroom-design experts have said sit-down toilets are less sanitary and take up more space, and most of the Ford’s crew members are men. (Women are only about 18% of the Navy.)
But the Navy has said getting rid of urinals has advantages for current and future operations.
Making every bathroom accessible to all of the ship’s sailors will also make things more convenient for sailors, the Navy has said. And bathrooms that can be used by either gender mean the Navy can reassign them without making any design changes, should the crew’s makeup change.
“This is designed to give the ship flexibility because there aren’t any berthing areas that are dedicated to one sex or the other,” Operations Specialist 1st Class Kaylea Motsenbocker told Navy Times. “So if this space was needed for males, we could shift the females to other berthing areas and make this all male without any modification being necessary.”
|Record ID: 1515793626R059||From: 紐西蘭|
Sailors man the rails of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) during its commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, July 22, 2017. Ford is the lead ship of the Ford-class aircraft carriers, and the first new US aircraft carrier designed in 40 years.
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