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    Default Aircraft Carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Hits the 90 Percent Mark for Structural Comp

    Aircraft Carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Hits the 90 Percent Mark for Structural Completion
    Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division has reached 90 percent structural completion in the building of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

    The aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) reached 90 percent structural completion with the addition of a 140-foot long, 391-metric ton sponson, one of the largest to be erected

    Gerald R. Ford represents the next-generation class of aircraft carriers. The first-in-class ship features a new nuclear power plant, a redesigned island, electromagnetic catapults, improved weapons movement, an enhanced flight deck capable of increased aircraft sortie rates, and growth margin for future technologies and reduced manning. Ford has been under construction since November 2009. The ship is scheduled to launch in 2013.
    http://www.navyrecognition.com/index...sk=view&id=799

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    I'd love to say "she's looking good", but erm.....!

    She will.

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    man, talk about a rustbucket

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sniffit View Post
    man, talk about a rustbucket
    I've always wondered how they get all that rust off before they paint. Sand blasting?

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    I think they still hand-grind anyplace that gets welded, but the rest will get media-blasted.

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    Wow she is pretty close to hitting the water

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.Puffs View Post
    I've always wondered how they get all that rust off before they paint. Sand blasting?
    In another forum a retired USN Captain (verified) made this comment on the apparent condition of the Hull of CVN-78

    Most of the corrosion that hull will ever see is right before your eyes. Once all of the welds and other annealing processes are complete, the hull will be "bead blasted 'white'," and then the coats of red lead primer and haze gray will be applied. Partly this is because of the great cost incurred in dealing with pollution laws these days. Repainting piecemeal over new welds repeatedly will affect the bottom line. So, they sort of do it in one fell swoop, and incur those costs only once.
    ..and that's that..

    Screen shot of the technological advances installed aboard CVN-78.

    Ford Class Technology | Hunington Ingalls


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    Artist renderings of the future USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78).















    Last edited by bd popeye; 12-20-2012 at 04:22 PM. Reason: add pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by bd popeye View Post
    Artist renderings of the future USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78).
    *carrier porn*
    Wowzers. Such an impressive ship.

    I hope we get to see a Gerald R Ford and Queen Elizabeth class sailing together. It would be a sight to behold.

    Sort of like this, but less embarrassing (for us).

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Armchair Soldier View Post
    Wowzers. Such an impressive ship.

    I hope we get to see a Gerald R Ford and Queen Elizabeth class sailing together. It would be a sight to behold.
    Should happen before the decade's out, If I were planning a special occasion to get them together I'd aim for VE Day 2016.

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    Hi all, first post in this particular thread (some of you know me from the HMS Queen Elizabeth thread).

    Those of you familiar with a 3D editing tool called "Sketchup" might like to know there's a beautifully made 3D model of the GRF to view in the Trimble 3D Warehouse. This link will take you to the site for you to download the model of the GRF. You will need the latest version of Sketchup installed to download and view it.

    http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehou...06&prevstart=0

    I found this model because I was looking for a nice HMS Queen Elizabeth, but didn't find one, but found GRF instead.
    If you don't have Sketchup, click here http://www.sketchup.com/intl/en/download/index.html and DL the free version
    Last edited by SKB; 12-20-2012 at 05:40 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halidon View Post
    Should happen before the decade's out, If I were planning a special occasion to get them together I'd aim for VE Day 2016.
    Now that would be cool as heck.
    Thanks BD popeye for the great info and pictures. The Ford class are good looking ships!

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    Will reduced billets have any adverse affect on damage control?

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    What, only three elevators?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seiyuuki View Post
    Will reduced billets have any adverse affect on damage control?
    I doubt it. I'm sure the USN has explored that possibility. I just would not want to field day that ship with a smaller crew.

    Quote Originally Posted by wicked_hind View Post
    What, only three elevators?
    Yep.. ok you went to sea just recently on the HST working in V-3 Division..The Hangar Deck....How many times did they use EL 4 at sea unless it was for an RAS? More than likely never. All the ships I was on it was never or very seldom used to move aircraft.. That's one reason..plus the Ford class will have a specialized RAS stations. No need to use the elevators.

    Quote Originally Posted by T-5 Killer View Post
    Now that would be cool as heck.
    Thanks BD popeye for the great info and pictures. The Ford class are good looking ships!
    Thank you!

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