Aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78)

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Classification

Type:
type: Supercarrier

Basic information

Namesake:
Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. (born Leslie Lynch King Jr; July 14, 1913 – December 26, 2006) was an American politician who served as the 38th President of the United States from August 1974 to January 1977.
Country of build:
Builder:
builder: Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock
Operator:
Ordered:
Laid down:
Launched:
Commissioned:
Status:

Ship measurements

Displacement:
101600 t
Length:
337 m
Beam (overall):
78 m
Beam:
41 m
Draught:
12 m

Machine

Propulsion:
  • 2 * Westinghouse A1B nuclear reactors
  • 4 * steam turbines
  • 4 * shafts
Speed:
31 knots
Range:
Unlimited

Crew

Complement:
4300

Combat assets

Electronics:
  • AN/SPY-3 X Band multifunction radar
  • AN/SPY-4 S Band volume search radar
  • DDG 1000 Dual Band Radar (DBR)
  • ...
Armament:
  • 2 * RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missile
  • 2 * RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile
  • 3 * PHALANX CIWS (Close-In Weapons System) Gatling guns
  • 4 * M2 .50 cal (12.7 mm) machine guns
Aircraft:

90 fixed wing and helicopters

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) is the lead ship of her class of United States Navy aircraft carriers. The ship is named after the 38th President of the United States, Gerald Ford, whose World War II naval service included combat duty aboard the light aircraft carrier Monterey in the Pacific Theater.

The keel of Gerald R. Ford was laid down on 13 November 2009. Construction began on 11 August 2005, when Northrop Grumman held a ceremonial steel cut for a 15-ton plate that forms part of a side shell unit of the carrier. She was christened on 9 November 2013. Gerald R. Ford entered the fleet replacing the decommissioned USSĀ EnterpriseĀ (CVN-65), which ended her 51 years of active service in December 2012. Originally scheduled for delivery in 2015, Gerald R. Ford was delivered to the Navy on 31 May 2017 and formally commissioned by President Donald Trump on 22 July 2017. She is expected to leave on her first deployment around 2022. As of 2017, she is the world's largest aircraft carrier.

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