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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."