[24], 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. [47] Her launch date was set to be on the same day as her naming ceremony on 9 November 2013. She will be the ninth United States naval vessel to bear the name, and is scheduled to be in operation by 2028.Her construction began in August 2017 with a steel-cutting ceremony. [64] The fix, requiring design changes, was installed and was verified during acceptance trials in May 2017. 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. [7][17][18] She is expected to leave on her first deployment around 2022. USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is the product of years of construction, and before that, years of planning and design. "[32], The ship's crest was developed jointly by the ship sponsor and the first commanding officer Captain John F. Meier. Huntington Ingalls reported in an 8 November press release construction had "reached 87 percent structural completion". 5. Ford. The map directly links the Ford's global mission of strength and freedom to the Chief of Naval Operations’ guiding principle of operating forward. [13] The keel of Gerald R. Ford was laid down on 13 November 2009. Later in the day, the Navy confirmed that the aircraft carrier would indeed be named after the former President. I t is planned that a total of 9-10 aircraft carriers of this class will be built for the US Navy. 6. [70][6], On 31 May 2017, Newport News Shipbuilding delivered Gerald R. Ford to the U.S. Navy and her status was changed to Special, in service. USS Enterprise (CVN-80) will be the third Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier to be built for the United States Navy. The core color scheme is maize and blue, representing President Ford's undergraduate university, the University of Michigan. [20], 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. As the leas ship of the Ford-class, USS Gerald R. Ford headlines a group of fighting ships that currnetly (2017) includes USS john F. Kennedy (CVN-79) and USS Enterprise (CVN-80). The Ford-class Supercarrier has a length of 1,106 feet while the Queen Elizabeth-class Supercarrier clocks in at 932 feet in length. USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) is the lead ship of her class of United States Navy aircraft carriers. [45], On 3 October 2013, Gerald R. Ford had four 30-ton, 21 ft (6.4 m)-diameter bronze propellers installed. A new nuclear reactor design (the A1B reactor) for … Planned delivery to the Navy has been delayed by three months, to October 2019. Watch the documentary We use cookies to personalise content and ads. These are the largest and most powerful warships ever built. With the EMALS, Gerald R. Ford can accomplish 25% more aircraft launches per day than the Nimitz class and requires 25% fewer crew members. All rights reserved. History: USS Gerald R. Ford was laid down in November 2009, completed in October 2013, and commissioned in July 2017. USS Doris Miller (CVN-81) is a future Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier of the United States Navy. The Ford class is the next generation of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. Vanaf 2017 tot in de jaren '40 van de 21e eeuw worden deze schepen in dienst gesteld. operation. [34] Production delays meant that the launch had to be delayed until 11 October 2013 and the naming ceremony until 9 November 2013,[44] with delivery in February 2016. F/A-18F Pilot LCDR Jamie R. Struck the makes first carrier arrested landing using AAG system aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) off the Virginia coast. The first all-new US Navy aircraft carrier designs since the USS Nimitz (CVN-68), leadship USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) and its brethren will have 50-year service lives. [33], In August 2011, the carrier was reported to be "structurally halfway complete". Ford. [69], On 24 May 2017, she departed for acceptance trials and completed them on 26 May 2017. 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. Construction of the ship was described as 98% complete, with 88% of testing finished. [66], On 8 April 2017, Gerald R. Ford got underway under her own power for the first time as she headed to sea for builder's trials. The CVA is an association of sailors who served aboard USS America (CV-66). "[38], The island was landed and accompanying ceremony took place on 26 January 2013. De Gerald R. Ford-klasse (ook wel Ford-klasse) is de nieuwste generatie van Amerikaanse supervliegdekschepen.De klasse is vernoemd naar oud-president Gerald Ford.Ook het vlaggenschip uit de klasse kreeg intussen deze naam toegewezen. Gerald R. Ford-class – The Largest Aircraft Carrier in The World. The first- of-class ship—the first new U.S. aircraft carrier design in 40 years—will spend several days conducting builder’s sea trials, a comprehensive test of many of the ship’s key systems and technologies. [16], The keel of the new warship was ceremonially laid on 14 November 2009 in Dry Dock 12[31] by Ford's daughter, Susan Ford Bales. Formal commissioning followed on July 22nd, 2017. [citation needed], Major problems with the main turbine generators were found in June 2016. Gerald R. Ford is equipped with an AN/SPY-3 and AN/SPY-4 active electronically scanned array multi-function radar,[58] 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) farther aft and 3 feet (0.91 m) closer to the edge of the ship. The Navy has named the third carrier Enterprise (CVN 80). These will replace the Nimitz and Improved Nimitz class carriers over the comming decades. 4. The Gerald R. Ford-class is the future aircraft carrier replacement class for Enterprise and Nimitz-class aircraft carriers. USS Gerald Ford model photo. [19] As of 2017[update], she is the world's largest aircraft carrier, and the largest warship ever constructed in terms of displacement. [17][18], On 28 July 2017, Lt. Cmdr. Northrop had begun advance construction of the carrier under a $2.7 billion contract in 2005. And that is the legacy we remember this morning. A nautical compass with a fleur-de-lis pointing true north is included on the Ship's Crest to symbolize the Boy Scouts of America in honor of President Ford's distinction as the only President who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Owner of this site is not responsible for potential mistakes or lacks of data. General characteristics: Gerald R. Ford class Builder: Huntington Ingalls Industries; Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va. Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers and carrier strike groups will provide the core capabilities of forward presence, deterrence, sea control, power projection, maritime security and humanitarian assistance. [29][30], 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. [39], 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. [55][56], Newport News Shipbuilding has released a video documentary on the construction of Gerald R. AN/SPY-3 dual-band radar (DBR), as developed for Zumwalt-class destroyers. Automation, which reduces crew requirements by several hundred from the Nimitz-class carrier. Northrop had begun advance construction of the carrier under a $2.7 billion contract in 2005. [61][62][63], In January 2014, the annual Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) report recorded that critical ship systems in lab and test environments (including the EMALS, Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG), Dual Band Radar, and weapons elevators) were not reliable enough and needed more testing and improvements. [7] She is expected to be deployed around 2020, following further testing. The carrier was constructed at the Huntington Ingalls (formerly Northrop Grumman) Newport News Shipbuilding facilities in Newport News, Virginia, which employs 19,000 workers. [48], On 9 November 2013, the ship was christened by Ford's daughter, Susan Ford Bales, with a bottle of American sparkling wine. The Ford saw its keel laid down on November 13th, 2009 and she was launched to sea in November of 2013. All information comes from wikipedia.org, cia.gov, icanw.org, government websites and press releases. The Navy estimates it will save $4 billion in operating costs over a 50-year lifespan. [40], On 7 May 2013, the last of 162 superlifts was put in place, bringing the ship to 100 percent structural completion. One of the newer aircraft carriers is the Gerald R. Ford class, the first one to be named the USS Gerald R. Ford. Copyright © 2019 ArmedForces.eu. Het zijn ook de grootste en duurste schepen van de Verenigde Staten: 337 meter lang en 12,8 miljard dollar per stuk. [37] By 19 December 2012, construction had reached 90 percent structural completion. Introducing Gerald R. Ford Class For more than 40 years, Nimitz -class carriers have played the first-responder role in crises and conflicts. 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 the ship's first commanding officer. Ford.[57]. [67][68] She completed the trials and returned to port at Naval Station Norfolk on 14 April 2017. Ford's daughter Susan Ford Bales was named the ship's sponsor. The Ford class is a successor to the Nimitz class aircraft carriers. The USS Gerald Ford with roughly 75 aircraft and the HMS Queen Elizabeth with about 40 aircraft. Jamie "Coach" Struck of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23 (VX-23) performed the first arrested landing and catapult launch from Gerald R. Ford in an F/A-18F Super Hornet.[63][71][72]. The inner rings are Yale University's blue and white colors, in tribute to the law school from which he received his law degree. 2. Op 11 augustus 2005 werd met … [27], The USS America Carrier Veterans Association (CVA) had pushed to name the ship USS America. "Of the nearly 500 total structural lifts needed to complete the ship, 446 have been accomplished. [26] On 16 January 2007, Navy Secretary Donald Winter officially named CVN-78 USS Gerald R. Ford. [36] This was the 390th of the nearly 500 lifts of the integral modular components from which the vessel is assembled. [2] She was christened on 9 November 2013. Twenty-six of the stars are gold, representing the aircraft carrier USS Monterey (CVL-26), aboard which Lieutenant Commander Gerald R. Ford served in combat during World War II. 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Ford completes builder's sea trials", "Aircraft Carrier Ford Heads Out for Sea Trials", "Local man pilots first plane to land on U.S.S. An Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System(EMALS) in place of traditional steam catapults for launching aircraft. The Navy implemented a rigorous testing program to ensure performance issues would be resolved before the systems were installed on the aircraft carrier. You can change your cookie settings at any time. This makes the aircraft carrier one of the few U.S. ships named after a living person. [59] 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.’[60], These performance enhancements were problematic in Pentagon tests, but final software fixes for some of the problems were delayed until after the ship's post-shakedown availability in 2019. This innovation eliminates the traditional requirement to generate and store steam, freeing up considerable area below-deck. The Navy’s proposed FY2021 budget requests $2,714.1 million (i.e., about $2.7 billion) in procurement funding for CVN-78 class ships, including $71.0 million for CVN-78, … Propulsion: Two nuclear reactors, four shafts [53], 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. [42], On 11 July 2013, a time capsule was welded into a small room just above the floor, continuing a long Navy tradition. [46], On 11 October 2013, the ship's drydock was flooded for the first time in order to test various seawater-based systems. The compass itself recalls the resolute moral compass President Ford utilized in leading America through its greatest constitutional crisis since the Civil War. In addition, construction was 93% complete as of September 2015. Gerald R. Carriers of the Fordclass will incorporate design features including: 1. The aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford, seen here in a combination model and live shot photo, is the first in the US Navy's next generation of warships, the Ford class. The Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers (or Ford-class) are a class of supercarrier for the United States Navy, intended to eventually replace the current Nimitz-class carriers. 3. "[23] Since such "sense of" language is typically non-binding and does not carry the force of law, the Navy was not required to name the ship after Ford. Gerald Ford", Nimitz Class vs. Ford Class, Captain John F. Meier, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=USS_Gerald_R._Ford&oldid=994503587, United States Navy Michigan-related ships, Articles containing potentially dated statements from 2017, All articles containing potentially dated statements, Articles with unsourced statements from August 2019, Wikipedia articles incorporating text from the Naval Vessel Register, Official website different in Wikidata and Wikipedia, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, $12.8 billion + $4.7 billion R&D (estimated), About 100,000 long tons (100,000 tonnes) (full load), 1,092 ft × 256 ft (333 m × 78 m) flight deck, This page was last edited on 16 December 2020, at 01:39. Five thousand shipbuilders in Newport News and thousands of suppliers across the United States contributed to this first-in-class ship. 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. "[21] The final version signed by President George W. Bush on 17 October 2006[22] declared only that it "is the sense of Congress that ... CVN-78 should be named the U.S.S. Some information is indicative and estimated because of lack of official or up-to-date data. Voor die naamgeving stond de klasse eerst bekend als het CVNX-vliegdekschipprogramma en daarna als het CVN-21-vliegdekschipprogramma. [35] 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. The installation of the propellers required more than 10 months of work to install the underwater shafting. [51] The GAO reported that the price cap would be met by the Navy accepting an incomplete ship for that cost. The ship is named after the 38th President of the United States, Gerald Ford, whose World War II naval service included combat duty aboard the light aircraft carrier Monterey in the Pacific Theater. The ship's motto "Integrity At The Helm" highlights President Ford's extraordinary legacy of integrity and honesty and his legacy's connection with the Navy's core values. [12], 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. USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) is the second Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier being built for the United States Navy.The ship was launched on October 29, 2019 and christened on December 7, 2019. The ship will be built at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (formerly Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding) in Newport News, Virginia. The background is a map of the world representing the global presence of USS Gerald R. Ford and the future Ford-class aircraft carriers. Named after the 38th President of the United States, the Gerald R Ford-class ‘supercarriers’ are set to spearhead the United States Navy’s sea-deployed airpower in coming years. Because of budget difficulties, the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Jonathan Greenert, warned there might be a two-year delay beyond 2016 in completing Gerald R. Gerald R Ford-class description. Despite the efforts of the greatest correspondence with the reality, there is no guarantee, that all the data is true. De vliegkampschepen van de Gerald R. Ford klasse zijn de nieuwste carriers van de Amerikaanse marine. [14][15] Originally scheduled for delivery in 2015,[16] Gerald R. Ford was delivered to the Navy on 31 May 2017[6] and formally commissioned by President Donald Trump on 22 July 2017. The thirty-eight surrounding stars honor the 38th president of the United States. Replacing traditional steam catapults, the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) will launch all carrier aircraft. The ship was not expected to be delivered until November 2016 and these issues were suggested to further delay that goal. Advanced arresting gear. [43], The ship was originally scheduled for launch in July 2013 and delivery in 2015. 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. Navy’s new Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers (CVNs). The USS Gerald R. Ford is America's newest aircraft carrier. The first ship - Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) - is almost complete, and the second - John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) - is in early phases of construction. De USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) is een supervliegdekschip van de Amerikaanse marine.Het is het vlaggenschip van de gelijknamige klasse.Klasse en schip zijn vernoemd naar oud-president Gerald Ford.De naam werd bekendgemaakt op 16 januari 2007.. De USS Gerald R. Ford is een vliegdekschip met kernaandrijving en een waterverplaatsing van ongeveer 100.000 ton. [54], By March 2018, due to issues with the nuclear propulsion system and munitions elevators, construction costs had reached $13.027 billion, making the Gerald R. Ford the most expensive warship ever built. Doris Miller is scheduled to be laid down January 2026, launched October 2029 and commissioned in 2030. The updated RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrowmissile system. [65], The Initial Operational Test & Evaluation milestone was achieved in April 2017. [52], On 23 September 2015, the Navy announced that several weeks of testing delays would likely slip the delivery date into April or May 2016. [25] 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. The Navy expects the Gerald R. Ford class to be part of the fleet for 90 years, until the year 2105, which means that the class must successfully embrace the new technology over the decades. [5] Gerald R. Ford entered the fleet replacing the decommissioned USS Enterprise (CVN-65), which ended her 51 years of active service in December 2012. Because the USS Gerald R. Ford is bigger it can hold more aircraft than its British counterpart. [28] The name "America" was instead assigned to USS America (LHA-6), an amphibious assault ship commissioned in 2014. Gerald R Ford Class carrier aircraft The carrier will be capable of carrying up to 90 aircraft, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter , F / A-18E / F Super Hornet, E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft, MH-60R / S helicopters, as well as unmanned air and combat vehicles. [6][11] Gerald R. Ford was formally commissioned into the United States Navy on 22 July 2017. The USS Gerald Ford is being built by Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding.The Navy plans to build 10 Gerald Ford class … It weighs roughly 100,000 tons. [5][49][50], 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. The carrier was constructed at the Huntington Ingalls (formerly Northrop Grumman) Newport News Shipbuilding facilities in Newport News, Virginia, which employs 19,000 workers. Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) departs Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding for builder’s sea trials off the coast. [34] In April 2012, construction was said to be 75 percent complete. The carrier was decommissioned in 1996 and scuttled in 2005 in the Atlantic, as part of a damage test of large deck aircraft carriers. President Ford's signature symbolizes his personal connection to CVN-78 and, in particular, the immense pride he felt upon learning that CVN-78 would bear his name. In 2009, the U.S. Navy finally began construction of the first new type of aircraft carrier in nearly thirty-five years. You can check the specs, operators, images and videos. The lead ship, Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), was commissioned in 2017. [41] 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. 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