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"Naval Air: An Earth Shattering Disaster"
A CONCISE SUMMARY, DIFFICULTIES THE USS FORD AIRCRAFT CARRIER:
"A ship, especially a warship that has a lot of problems, is often referred to as a cursed ship. The USS Ford, the first of the class, has become a major disaster rather than a more effective new ship design. The number and severity of problems are certainly cursed at often enough by those who built or now serve on the Ford. It was not supposed to be that way."
"Several innovative new technologies were supposed to have made the Fords more effective and cheaper to operate than the previous Nimitz class. Two of those new technologies; EMALS (Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System) catapults and other landing equipment, as well as the high-speed electromagnetic ammunition elevators for getting explosive items to the deck more quickly, failed multiple times. There are lesser problems with the nuclear propulsion system, the new dual (X and S) band radar and several other systems have all combined to make the Ford unable to do the job it was designed for."
"The Ford flaws also caused some unexpected modifications to the new F-35C stealth fighter. This made it possible for the F-35C, the model designed for carrier operations on the existing Nimitz class CVNs, to survive using the cranky landing equipment unique to the Fords. Eventually the navy compiled a list of 60,000 'lessons learned' while building and trying to get the Ford ready for service. So far that has put Ford more than three years behind schedule".
FORD CLASS WARSHIP IT SEEMS IN A CLASS BY ITSELF BUT NOT IN A GOOD WAY!
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