The U.S. Navy's Most Advanced Aircraft Carrier Will Soon Face Its Greatest Challenge



The U.S. Navy's Most Advanced Aircraft Carrier Will Soon Face Its Greatest Challenge

No modern navyship is ready for combat when the Navy takes charge of the ship. The vessel’s systems must be tested, tweaked and run through a whole set of paces of an entirely more robust nature than many of the often land-based equipment-proving – and finally with a Navy crew that must go through its own training.

All of this is exacerbated with the Ford. A new carrier has enough complexity to make its post-delivery proving and prodding enough of a challenge. But CVN 78 has a raft of new transformational technologies to launch, recover and load its combat aircraft. Each of these new systems alone would be enough to cause concern for program scheduling. Having all three together – along with the usual bugs at this point in the ship’s life – could prove problematic for any kind of timeline.


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