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Navy OKs Deployment of USS Ford’s Aircraft Recovery Tech

The U.S. Navy has authorized the USS Gerard R. Ford to use its recovery technology to retrieve propeller and fighter aircraft systems via an aircraft recovery bulletin. The Advanced Arresting Gear works to recover aircraft units, allow large safety margins and mitigate potential fatigue impact, maintenance and manpower needs, the Navy said Tuesday.

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Navy to Build New Test Site for Ship Weapons Elevators

The U.S. Navy started construction on a land-based test site at Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia to speed up development of its new weapons elevators, a project that saw a delay due to technical issues, USNI News reported Friday. Capt. Danny Hernandez, spokesperson for Navy acquisition chief James Geurts, said the service aims to complete the facility in 2020.

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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 Ford Carrier Shock Test Gets DoD Backing

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, in a letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the department believes the U.S. Navy should not delay shock-testing of its $13 billion USS Gerald R. Ford carrier, Bloomberg reported Thursday. “We agree with your view that a test in normal sequence is more prudent and pragmatic,” …

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GAO: Navy Should Update Policy to Address Ship Defects

The Government Accountability Office has urged the U.S. Navy to revise its ship delivery policy to keep defective and incomplete ships from entering the service branch’s operational fleet. GAO said in a report published Monday it evaluated six Navy ships and found that the vessels were incomplete or showed quality problems …

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Trump Vows Rebuilding of US Military with Proposed $54B Budget Increase

President Donald Trump has pledged to rebuild the U.S. armed forces and expand the U.S. Navy‘s aircraft carrier fleet through a proposed $54 billion increase in the Defense Department budget for fiscal 2018, DoD News reported Thursday. Jim Garamone writes Trump discussed his goals for the country’s military during a ceremony held Thursday aboard the …

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