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CVN 78 Gerald R. Ford  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 22 July 2017
Total Production: 1
Unitary Cost: USD$13 billion
Also Known As: CVN 21
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Huntington Ingalls Industries and Newport News Shipbuilding*   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: CVN 78 Gerald R. Ford
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 22 July 2017
Total Production: 11
Total Cost: USD$40 billion
Family Members: CVN 79 John F. Kennedy
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Description: The US Navy's CVN 21 is a new class of aircraft carrier considered as a Nimitz class follow-on designed to operate well into the 21st century and to survive to the next generation threats. It will be very automated reducing crew workload and increasing efficiency. The CVN 21 aircraft carrier will feature an entirely new nuclear propulsion plant with fewer operators and lowering life cycle costs. The ship will replace current steam systems with electrical auxiliaries. The new carrier will be provided with new sensors, a new safer aircraft recovery system, and other systems that will reduce operational costs and workload. The US Navy original plans called for the procurement of two CVN 21 carriers through 2018. It was expected that in 2018 the US Navy will aircraft carrier fleet will consists of 10 Nimitz class and 2 CVN 21 class carriers. A third CVN 21 class carrier was meant to be commissioned in 2025 replacing the CVN 68 USS Nimitz aircraft carrier. The program was re-named CVN 78 Gerald R. Ford and calls for the procurement of 11 ships by 2058.

On May 21, 2004, Northrop-Grumman Newport News was awarded a three-year $1.4 billion preparation construction contract of CVN 21 aircraft carrier. This contract covers risk reduction, material procurement, design and engineering through fiscal year 2007. Each ship of the class is valued at approximately $8 billion. Construction of the lead ship started in 2007 to be commissioned by the US Navy in 2014. It features an enhanced flight deck, improved weapons movement, a redesigned island, a new nuclear power plant and reduced manning. It is expected that CVN 21 class ships characteristics will ease new technologies insertion workload. The program entered into the system development and demonstration phase in April 2004, and the scope of the program was expanded including three carriers instead of two as planned early and the program total value raising to $31.75 billion.

The Raytheon company was selected as the CVN-78's industry lead integrator for warfare systems integration of all onboard weapon systems and electronics operations on April 14, 2005. The CVN-78 aircraft carrier will include Raytheon's Total Ship System Engineering approach to a common enterprise computing environment that maximizes multi-mission capabilities. The CVN 78 to be commissioned in March 2016 will feature the state-of-the-art Dual Band Radar (DBR). These aircraft carriers will operate the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft, E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne radar aircraft and the F-35C Lightning II stealth fighter as well as a variety of rotary wing aircraft. Before 2030 this ship will operate the emerging UCLASS unmanned combat aircraft as well as the F/A-XX sixth generation combat aircraft beyond 2035.

CVN 78 Gerald R. Ford Specifications

Crew: 4,539
Number of Aircraft: 75
Number of Engines: 4
Beam: 41 meter (134 foot)
Flight Deck Width: 78 meter
Length: 333 meter (1,092 foot)
Top Speed: 30 knot (15.4 mps)
Service Life: 50 year
Full Displacement: 100,000 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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CVN 78 Gerald R. Ford News

There are 31 news between
5 Apr 2004 and 23 Apr 2020
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Thursday, April 23, 2020USS Gerald Ford Aircraft Carrier Passes Flight Deck Certification
Tuesday, June 4, 2019Ford-Class Combat System Passes Dual-Target Test using Newest SSDS
Thursday, February 7, 2019USS Ford Aircraft Carrier Successfully Tests SSDS Air Defense System
Thursday, October 19, 2017Indian Navy Vishal Aircraft Carrier to Get EMALS Catapult
Friday, August 11, 2017US Navy Completes First Successful Aircraft Launch and Recovery on Board USS Gerald R Ford Carrier
Saturday, July 22, 2017President Trump Commissions USS Gerald R Ford Aircraft Carrier
Thursday, September 22, 2016US Navy Aircraft Carriers to Feature AN/SPN-50 Air Traffic Control Radar
Friday, April 1, 2016US Navy's Aircraft Carrier Advanced Arresting Gear Completes First Aircraft Arrestment
Monday, March 7, 2016Newest US Navy Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier Unreliable against Latest Anti-Ship Missiles
Friday, May 15, 2015US Navy Conducts Successful Test of Electromagnetic Catapult on CVN 78 Aircraft Carrier

Operators & Related Equipment

United States of America1
The US Navy plans call for 11 Ford-class aircraft carriers through 2058

Grand Total 11
Combat Aircraft
EA-18G Growlerx7
F-35C Lightning IIx20
F/A-18E Super Hornetx36
F/A-18F Super Hornetx36
Defensive Weapons
Protection Systems
Sensor Systems
Support Aircraft
C-2A Greyhoundx2
CMV-22B Osprey
E-2D Advanced Hawkeyex4
MH-60R Strikehawkx14

CVN 78 Gerald R. Ford Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
CVN 78 USS Gerald R. Ford9 Nov 201322 Jul 2017-

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