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Ford Class
Gerald Ford class Carrier
Ford Class
Career Flag of Everett
Nationality: Union of Everett
Operated by: Union of Everett Navy
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding
Avaris Shipbuilding
Ordered: 5 (planned)
Laid down: 2
Commissioned: 3
Registry: CVF
Status: In Service
General characteristics
Displacement: ~102,000 tons
Length: 1,092 ft
Beam: 252 ft
Draft: 41 ft
Power: Naval Mk3 Fusion Generator Engine
Propulsion: x4 Water Jet boosters
x4 Generator Propellers
Speed: 47.7 knots (55 mph)
Maximum speed: 59 knots (68 mph)
Range: Unlimited
Crew: 4,660
Armament: x4 Pods RIM-162 ESSM
x5 Phalanx CIWS
x2 RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile
x2 Mobile SDI
x1 Fixed SDI Station
Electronic Warfare & Decoys: AN/SPY-3
AN/SPS-48
AN/SPN-46 radar
SLQ-32A(V)4 Countermeasures suite
SLQ-25A Nixie torpedo
AN/SPN-41 landing aid radars
AN/SPQ-9B target acquisition radar
Aircraft carried: 75-90 Fixed Wing Aircraft/Helicopters
Armor: 4 in. Kevlar over vital spaces
Cost: $9 billion (2012)

The Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers (or Ford-class) are a class of supercarrier for the Union of Everett Navy, intended to eventually replace the current Nimitz-class carriers. The new vessels will use a hull design very similar to the Nimitz carriers in appearance, but many aspects of the design will be very different, implementing new technologies developed since the initial design of the previous class (such as the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System), as well as other design features intended to improve efficiency and running costs, including a reduced crew requirement. The first hull of the line was named Independence and its designation, CVF-78. Three of the class have been completed since the class commenced construction processes, CVF-78 (Independence), CVF-79 (Vigilance) and CVF-80 (Integrity). Two additional Ford class carriers have been laid down and are being constructed, due for completion and launching by 2014 and 2016 respectively, designated and named CVF-81 Fidelity and CVF-82 Valor. Five other vessels of the class are listed as planned for future order and construction, two of which having been given names, CVF-83 Intrepid (taking the name of the current decommissioned New York City aircraft carrier museum ship and CVF-84 Enterprise, which will take the name of the Enterprise-class carrier which is slated for retirement in the United States Navy. Three other planned vessels are designated CVF-85, CVF-86 and CVF-87.

Features

The Ford-class features multiple new updates in technology and strength compared to the preceeding Nimitz-class. While Nimitz-class carriers were updated with Mk 1 Fusion Generator turbine engines to replace the aging nuclear AW4 nuclear reactor turbine engines, the Ford-class has been built with Mk.3 Fusion turbines which provide a maximum propulsion speed of 68 miles per hour or 59 knots. Special versions of the Ford-class, such as the EVS Vigilance are designed for humanitarian aid missions with the capability of providing enough electricity power to provide power sources in disaster areas up to 300MW and can produce 110,000 gallons of fresh water per day. The aircraft launching systems aboard the Ford-class utilizes electro-magnetic launchers based on rail-gun technology. This enhances the boost and speed for aircraft to take off and advanced arresting gear to bring landing aircraft to a halt more effectively. The class uses new and advanced radar and sonar systems capable of stronger power and enhanced ability to detect some types of stealth aircraft. The overall shape of the new carrier's hull design allows a stealthier method of transiting water for less radar visibility. The ability of the vessels to use more computer automation allows for a smaller total operating crew.

Aircraft

Ships

  • CVF-78 EVS Independence
  • CVF-79 EVS Vigilance
  • CVF-80 EVS Integrity
  • CVF-81 EVS Fidelity (Under construction)(2014)
  • CVF-82 EVS Valor (Under construction)(2016)
  • CVF-83 EVS Intrepid(Planned)(2017?)
  • CVF-84 EVS Enterprise (Planned)(2019?)
  • CVF-85 (Planned)(2019?)
  • CVF-86 (Planned)(2020?)
  • CVF-87 (Planned)(2022?)

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