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President Donald J. Trump commissioned the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) at a commissioning ceremony July 22.

A commissioning is a day of celebration, and honors the dedication, team work, and collaboration of Sailors, legislators, shipbuilders, program managers, and the ship's sponsor in delivering the ship to the fleet.

Trump landed on the flight deck in Marine One and was greeted by Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Acting Secretary of the Navy Sean Stackley, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, and USS Gerald R. Ford Commanding Officer Capt. Rick McCormack.Over 10,000 friends and family members attended the event, watching the festivities from the hangar bay, the pier and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).

Published in World
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 06:00

GERALD R. FORD CLASS AIRCRAFT CARRIER

Additional Info

  • Ships in class
    NAME NUMBER LAUNCHED COMMISSIONED
    USS Gerald R. Ford CVN 78 9 November 2013 22 July 2017
    USS John F. Kennedy CVN 79    
    USS Enterprise CVN 80    
  • Length
    • 333 meters.
  • Beam
    • 78 meters.
  • Draft
    • 12.4 meters.
  • Displacement
    • 100,000 tons.
  • Propulsion
    • 2 Nuclear reactors Bechtel A1B.
    • 4 Steam turbines.
    • 4 variable pitch propellers.
  • Speed
    • More than 30 knots.
  • Complement
    • 4,539 crew, air personnel and staff.
  • Sensors
    • Multifunction Radar: DBR (Dual Band Radar) integrated by the following radars:
      • Raytheon AN/SPY-3 3D in band X
      • VSR (Volume Search Radar) in band S.
    • Navigation radar: Raytheon AN/SPS-73V.
    • Fire control:4 Mk-95
  • ESM/ECM
    • SEWIP (Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program) Block 3.
  • Countermeasures
    • Countermeasures against torpedo SLQ-25 Nixie.
  • Systems
    • Combat system SSDS (Ship Self-Defense System) Mk-2 Mod. 6
    • Data Link-11/4A/16
    • AN/USG-2 CEC (Cooperative Engagement Capability)
  • Weapons
    • 2 launch Raytheon GMLS Mk-29 for ESSM (Evolved SeaSparrow Missile) RIM-162
    • 2 launch CIWS Mk-49 for RIM-116 RAM.
    • 3 CIWS Raytheon Phalanx Mk-15
  • Aircraft carried
    • Flight deck dimensions: 333x77 mts.
    • 4 catapults EMALS (ElectroMagnetic Aircraft Launch System).
    • 3 lifts
    • Capacity for more than 75 aircraft: Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Boeing EA-18G Growler, Grumman C-2 Greyhound, Northrop Grumman E-2 Hawkeye, Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II, Sikorsky SH-60 y UAV´s
Published in United States

The future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) returned from Builder's Sea Trials to Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia on April 14 after seven days at sea.

During this initial at-sea period, Ford's crew, representatives from Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding, the Navy's CVN 78 Program Office, the Navy's Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair and various technical subject matter experts demonstrated many of the ship's capabilities including tracking aircraft using the Dual Band Radar, conducting "no load" cycles using the new electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS) and small boat operations.

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