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Offline NeilChapman

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Re: Gerald R. Ford Class CVN
« Reply #150 on: April 16, 2018, 09:57:13 am »
https://news.usni.org/2018/04/16/newport-news-save-1-6-billion-maintain-stable-workforce-25000-2-proposed-carrier-buy

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — If the Navy decides to buy aircraft carriers CVN-80 and 81 together, Newport News Shipbuilding will be able to maintain a steady workload that supports between 23,000 and 25,000 workers at the Virginia yard for the next decade or so, the shipyard president told reporters last week.

Part of the appeal of buying the two carriers together is that the Navy would also buy them a bit closer together: the ships would be centered about three-and-a-half or four years apart, instead of the five-year centers for recent carrier acquisition, Newport News Shipbuilding President Jennifer Boykin told reporters.

Boykin said the closer ship construction centers would allow her to avoid a “labor valley” where the workforce levels would dip down after one ship and then have to come back up, which is disruptive for employees and costly for the company.

And ALWAYS results in more required rework/repair.

Agreed.  One only has to look at the success of the Virginia-class program as an example. 

Perhaps sustaining this workforce of skilled labor will assist in maintenance backlogs as well by creating a greater depth of the talent pool.




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Re: Gerald R. Ford Class CVN
« Reply #151 on: May 06, 2018, 02:36:31 pm »
https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2018/05/03/heres-the-latest-on-americas-next-supercarriers/?utm_campaign=Socialflow&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social

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WASHINGTON ― The future Ford-class aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy is nearing the halfway mark, the head of Huntington Ingalls said Thursday.

In a conference call with investors, Ingalls chief executive Mike Petters said the Kennedy, being built in Newport News Shipbuilding, was tracking to launch ahead of schedule.

“At Newport News, CVN 79 Kennedy is approximately 75 percent structurally complete and 43 percent complete overall,” Petters said. “The team continues to produce results that are in line with our expectations and is pushing to accelerate launch by three months to the fourth quarter of 2019.

Ingalls responded to the U.S. Navy this week to a March request for proposals feeling out a two-carrier block buy for the future carriers Enterprise and the still-to-be-named CVN 81, Petters said.
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Re: Gerald R. Ford Class CVN
« Reply #152 on: July 11, 2018, 03:05:24 am »
Review of EMALS/AAG development.


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Re: Gerald R. Ford Class CVN
« Reply #153 on: July 30, 2018, 04:03:23 am »
EMALS and AAG reliability tests.

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Navy’s newest carrier-based catapult, trap systems steadily advance through test
http://www.navair.navy.mil/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.NAVAIRNewsStory&id=6889

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“Data from shipboard testing indicates that both EMALS and AAG have demonstrated improved reliability projections over the solely land-based testing,” said Capt. Steve Tedford, former Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (PMA 251) program manager....

...The dedicated EMALS and AAG teams have excelled in overcoming numerous challenges and will continue charging ahead, completing these concurrent test programs, continually increasing confidence in these technologies and getting both systems mission ready,” said Tedford."

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Re: Gerald R. Ford Class CVN
« Reply #154 on: December 09, 2018, 12:32:06 pm »
SASC Chair James Inhofe (R-OK) says he's "not yet opposed" to the two-carrier block buy.

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However, he has spoken to Defense Secretary James Mattis about his concerns. The 2019 defense authorization bill puts the decision on a two-carrier purchase in Mattis' hands.

Supporters say the bulk buy will create economies of scale and save at least $2.5 billion. It would also shore up smaller defense contractors that supply HII's Newport News Shipbuilding division with parts and services.

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Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma, is succeeding the late John McCain as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. His assessment on a proposed two-carrier buy came after a visit to the HII shipyard at Newport News on Dec. 3.

His visit and subsequent comments were first reported by Bloomberg.

The new weapons elevators are designed to move bombs faster from lower decks up to the flight deck. That will increase the number of sorties aircraft can fly and contribute to the ship's overall punch in combat.

Inhofe said he would continue to track progress on the elevators. "Until these elevators work, we only have 10 operational aircraft carriers despite a requirement for 12," he said in the email.

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Re: Gerald R. Ford Class CVN
« Reply #155 on: December 09, 2018, 04:14:36 pm »
I can't imaging them NOT doing it (since it will save a ton of money).  This is sounds more like lighting a fire for them to get the kinks worked out.
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