"We're broke!" Except for a $13 BILLION Nuke-powered AirCraft Carrier: USS Gerald Ford, THE Most Expensive Warship Ever Built!Submitted by AnCapMercenary on Tue, 11/12/2013 - 13:32
Setting aside the 'Constitutional legitimacy' of maintaining a Navy, apropos of its eponymous sake, guess it too will be a failure, or a coverup artist like Gerald, eh? LOL...er.. .o?
Behold, "the most expensive warship ever built"! The Titanic of Naval warfare; hope it works better than oBUSHmaScare:
Time-Lapse Video: Building a Navy Aircraft Carrier
Published on Nov 9, 2013
Watch a time-lapse video that shows the U.S. Navy's newest aircraft carrier, the PCU Gerald Ford, under construction. It is the first ship of the next-generation class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. Courtesy: U.S. Navy
Published time: November 10, 2013 17:57
Edited time: November 11, 2013 10:21
CVN 78 (Gerald R Ford) at the shipyard during the initial filling of the drydock. (Photo from Wikipedia.org
The US Navy has christened the first of a new class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, the 13-billion-dollar USS Gerald R. Ford. The ship, hailed as the most technologically advanced ever built, is expected to join the fleet in 2016.
The ship is the Navy's first carrier designed in more than 40 years. The Ford-class aircraft carriers will replace current Nimitz class that was launched in 1972. The Ford is projected to stay in service until 2057.
The ship, named after US President Gerald Ford, was christened at the ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va. on Saturday. The new aircraft carrier is planned to replace the USS Enterprise (CVN-65).
Christening the USS Gerald Ford: inside the most advanced, most expensive warship ever built
Is the $13 billion price tag worth it?
By Matt Stroud on November 12, 2013 09:31 am Email @ssttrroouudd
[LOL: gotta love the oddball juxtaposition; who knew that a $13 BILLION nuclear-powered aircraft carrier would have its prop bolts tightened by a manual torque-wrench, just like the one in your own garage...okay, so albeit: much larger]
This weekend, the United States Navy christened what many claim is its greatest engineering achievement: the USS Gerald Ford supercarrier, the first in a completely new line of warships called the Ford class.
The ship, seated in a huge dock on the James River near the southern district of Newport News, Virginia, is the most technologically advanced, the most expensive, and one of the largest warships ever built. That's according to the Navy, but there's not much reason to doubt the assertions. The ship is huge. Rising out of the ocean to the height of a large office complex and stretching out toward the horizon as far as a couple football fields, it’s able to house a town’s population of more than 4,500 people, and, when it’s finally commissioned for duty on the high seas in 2016, it will weigh an astonishing 90,000 tons.
What’s more, the USS Gerald Ford — identified by its hull number, CVN 78, and known conversationally as "the Ford" — is also outfitted with electromagnetic catapults designed to shoot fighter jets into the sky (these had previously needed pneumatic systems; Ford-class carriers offered all-new technology), and the most advanced radar system ever deployed by the US military.
+ USS Gerald R. Ford will cost $13Billion when finished
+ Carrier will be equipped to launch 220 airstrikes per day
+ Ship holds 4,000 sailors and marines and is virtually invisible to enemy radar
+ Project faces criticism after becoming beset by delays and cost overruns
+ Navy plans to buy another three carriers, at a cost of $43 billion
By Daily Mail Reporter, Ryan Gorman and Associated Press Reporter
PUBLISHED: 12:38 EST, 9 November 2013
UPDATED: 03:02 EST, 11 November 2013
The US Navy today christened the USS Gerald Ford, costliest and most deadly aircraft carrier ever built.
The $13billion warship is the first in the Navy's newest generation of aircraft carriers. It was launched in a grand ceremony Saturday from the Newport News, VA., naval yard.
The Ford is expected to stay commissioned for five decades and will enter the fleet in 2016.
The giant 1,106-foot USS Gerald R. Ford is be able to launch 220 airstrikes per day from its two runways, hold 4,000 sailors and marines while appearing virtually invisible to enemy radar.
State-of-the-art: This graphic illustrates the cutting edge technology in the Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier