Tag Archives: CVN 78

Navy Concludes Gerald R. Ford Carrier’s Shock Tests; Capt. Brian Metcalf Quoted

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The U.S. Navy has completed full ship shock trials of the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier, concluding four months of tests that aimed to verify the ship's shock resistance against explosives and other forces. USS Gerald R. Ford underwent its third explosive event, where the ship resisted a 40,000-pound underwater blast off Jacksonville, Florida's coast. 

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Navy Puts Ford Aircraft Carrier Through Live Explosive Test

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The U.S. Navy kicked off a series of full ship shock trials on Friday to determine whether its Ford-class aircraft carrier could withstand harsh conditions that may arise in a battle mission. The first-in-class USS Gerald R. Ford completed its first scheduled explosive event in the Atlantic Ocean and the Navy will use data from the test in shock hardness assessment, the Navy said Friday.

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USS Ford Marks 4,000th Aircraft Launch, Recovery; Capt. Kenneth Sterbenz Quoted

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The U.S. Navy has recorded the 4,000th aircraft launch and recovery of the USS Gerald R. Ford's Advanced Arresting Gear and Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System. The components are currently undergoing an 18-month post delivery test and trial and is on schedule to complete all requirements prior to its commissioning to the service branch.

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Navy Certifies New Weapons Elevator for Gerald R. Ford Carrier

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The U.S. Navy has certified the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier's fifth lower-stage advanced weapons elevator at Naval Station Norfolk, exhibiting an accelerated pace of operations. Rear Adm. James Downey, program executive officer for aircraft carriers, said in a statement posted Wednesday the elevator's certification demonstrates Ford's ability to quickly transport artillery from the carrier's deeper segments to the flight deck.

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Navy Receives Second USS Gerard R. Ford Advanced Weapons Elevator

The U.S. Navy has installed a second advanced weapons elevator to the USS Gerard R. Ford aircraft carrier, also known as CVN-78. The military service said on Wednesday it has accepted the AWE after it completed certification and tests from Huntington Ingalls Industries during the vessel's post-shakedown availability.

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Navy Expects USS Gerald R. Ford’s Advanced Arresting Gear Ready in 2019

The U.S. Navy aims to begin the expansion of aircrafts that can be launched and recovered from the next-generation aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford by end of 2019, USNI News reported Wednesday. Commander Mehdi Akacem, Ford’s air boss, said the service awaits the launch and recovery bulletins needed to put the ship’s Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System and Advanced Arresting Gear in service. 

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Advanced Weapons Elevator Installed on Navy’s Newest Carrier

The U.S. Navy has announced the installation of aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford's first advanced weapons elevator, the service branch said Wednesday. Its newest carrier received the AWE on Dec. 21 after engineers from Huntington Ingalls Industries completed certification and testing activities.

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USS Gerald Ford Sailors Finish Advanced Arresting Gear Training

U.S. Navy sailors from the USS Gerald R. Ford pre-commissioning unit have completed the Advanced Arresting Gear operator and maintainer initial training program held at New Jersey-based test facilities. Nineteen sailors graduated during the second round of the six-week training course after 20 sailors completed the training in April and another previous …

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