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    1st Ford Class Supercarrier to join USN this year

    was April, then May... now September delivery. Ohwell, no hurries as long as they get it right.

    Supercarrier Ford to join Navy fleet in September - CNNPolitics.com
    (CNN)The most expensive warship ever built, the $12.9 billion aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), is expected to join the U.S. Navy's fleet in September, a Navy official says.
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    Looks to be a good improvement over the Nimitz class; no more messing around with steam catapults/galley/laundry. Most everything that used steam power now uses electricity instead.. even the elevators are electromagnetic. the Island is also smaller. Net result is the Ford class carrier can carry more planes and use approx 600 less sailors.




    See Inside The Most Expensive Military Weapon Ever Made: Navy's USS Gerald Ford | TheBlaze.com
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    Seems like it would be vulnerable to an emp weapon.
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    How did they do away with steam in the propulsion system?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    How did they do away with steam in the propulsion system?
    Do they currently use steam in the propulsion system?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    Do they currently use steam in the propulsion system?
    Nuclear power plants generate heat, that is used to generate steam, the steam is used to turn turbines.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    Nuclear power plants generate heat, that is used to generate steam, the steam is used to turn turbines.....
    Ahhhh, can't they use the nuclear plant to generate electricity? Maybe that's what they are doing.

    Certainly not my field.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    Ahhhh, can't they use the nuclear plant to generate electricity? Maybe that's what they are doing.

    Certainly not my field.
    That is what the steam does, turns electrical turbines...I dunno how they make electricity directly from a nuclear reactor, that is why I asked....
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    That is what the steam does, turns electrical turbines...I dunno how they make electricity directly from a nuclear reactor, that is why I asked....
    I see. I will be interested to learn that also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    Seems like it would be vulnerable to an emp weapon.
    Yes, and so is every other one of our ships that uses circuit boards, instead of 1950s vacuum tube technology.

    What's your point?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tedminator View Post
    was April, then May... now September delivery. Ohwell, no hurries as long as they get it right.

    Supercarrier Ford to join Navy fleet in September - CNNPolitics.com
    (CNN)The most expensive warship ever built, the $12.9 billion aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), is expected to join the U.S. Navy's fleet in September, a Navy official says.
    ..more..



    Looks to be a good improvement over the Nimitz class; no more messing around with steam catapults/galley/laundry. Most everything that used steam power now uses electricity instead.. even the elevators are electromagnetic. the Island is also smaller. Net result is the Ford class carrier can carry more planes and use approx 600 less sailors.




    See Inside The Most Expensive Military Weapon Ever Made: Navy's USS Gerald Ford | TheBlaze.com
    Beautiful ship. Should make a dandy target.

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