Who is the owner of the seas? The master of the oceans? The god of the vast waters that make up for 71% of the Earth?
Is it Poseiden?
Or is it this gigantic U.S. warship that also happens to be the most expensive warship in the history of naval combat machines?
Behold the USS Gerald R. Ford CVN-78, a magnificent 1100 feet long, 250 feet tall and 100,000 ton heavy aircraft carrier that cost the American economy $16 billion to make and sail!
The warship is known to have 25 decks including an expansive five acre flight deck that allows for easy and secure airfcraft launches and landings. In fact, the USS Gerald R. Ford CVN-78 has already made successful arrested landing and catapulted take offs (machine assisted landing and take offs, unlike the usual land based ones) earlier this year. Here’s a video of how that goes on aboard the ship:
Named after World War II veteran and the 38th U.S. president, Gerald Ford, the supercarrier is known to be the most advanced warship to have ever been built with storage provisions for weaponry in formidable volumes and the ship can even board as many as 4660 sailors at a time.
How do you power a massive machine like the USS Gerald R. Ford CVN-78? Well, there’s a full blown nuclear reactor installed on the ship that can generate enough power to fuel it for nearly two decades.
The American Navy claimed that the USS Gerald R. Ford CVN-78 “…will provide the core capabilities of forward presence, deterrence, sea control, power projection, maritime security and humanitarian assistance…bring improved warfighting capability, quality of life improvements for (their) sailors and reduce total ownership costs”.
Considering the CVN-78 will serve the U.S. for a good 50 years and that their older warships, that go by the name “Nimitz”-class ships, cost around $8.5 billion for each vessel and also have a service life of 50 years, the CVN-78 might look like a pretty expensive deal, contrary to the American Navy’s “reduce total ownership costs” claim.
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But the ship comes with new features like –
– stealth mode for better protection
– the ability to carry up to 90 aircrafts
– catapult launch aircrafts through an electromagnetic force differential instead of the dated steam catapult technology
– and reduce the number of crew size by nearly 900
which does look like a significant upgrade from its predecessor that was commissioned in 1975, need we say more?
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The USS Gerald R. Ford CVN-78 is a pretty sweet deal for the U.S. and it’s President Trump’s way of letting “everyone” know “America is coming and America is coming strong”. It is, as Trump claims, “a 100,000-ton message to the world” put together by “American steel and American hands”. Even if the vessel faced a few delays reaching the shores because of certain perceived shortcomings.
The ship is to be commissioned in 2020 once all affairs are in order and we wish the U.S. the best of luck with their most esteemed Naval project and hope that they put it to good use!
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Source of news : Mensxp