GERALD R FORD - Class Aircraft Carriers
The Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers (or Ford-class) are a class of supercarrier for the United States Navy, intended to eventually replace the current Nimitz-class carriers. The new vessels will use a hull design similar to the Nimitz carriers in appearance, but many aspects of the design will be 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 will be named Gerald R. Ford and will have the hull number CVN-78.
Aircraft carriers are an outdated form of battleship that superpowers like to parade about the ocean to demonstrate affluence, in the process polluting the planet massively. The new US Gerald R Ford class carrier is no exception. Most navies have retired this class of warship with no plans to commission another. A few navies are newly dabbling with self-build to discover the tremendous cost causing delays to completion. Only the US is investing seriously in replacing the Nimitz class so that they can continue to thumb their noses at poorer less advanced nations like playground bullies. These days it only takes one torpedo, or one cruise missile to sink a large warship. The larger the conventional warship the more staggering the loss of life - and the blow to the nation concerned. It's a high price to pay for a bit of ocean swagger.
LITTORAL WARSHIP & CHUCK HAGEL - BLOOMBERG FEBRUARY 2014
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said his “considerable reservations” about the Littoral Combat Ship led him to bar planning for any more than 32 of the vessels, 20 fewer than the Navy’s $34 billion program.
In the memo dated yesterday, Hagel instructed Mabus to review the ship’s performance and to prepare alternative proposals for a small combatant vessel “generally consistent with the capabilities of a frigate.”
LINKS & REFERENCE
Alvin DSV - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
HMS Astute 1st of Class
HMS Vanguard- Trident
INS Sindhurakshak - explosion & sinking
Lusitania - Torpedo attack
Nuclear submarines lost at sea
Predator - Covert submarine hunter/killer
Seawolf - Autonomous wolf pack deployment of Predator mini-subs
Torpedoes - UUV anti submarine weapons
U20 - Kapitan Leutnant Walther Schwieger
U-Boats - German WWI and WWII submarines
USS Bluefish WWI submarine
USS Bluefish - Nuclear submarine
USS Jimmy Carter - Seawolf class fast attack nuclear submarine
USS Nautilus - 1st nuclear submarine & subsea north pole passage
The world's first ever solar powered aircraft carrier, showing a squadron of 4 x 4.7m drone quadcopters. This ship could easily carry 12 birds. This is also, probably, the world's smallest ever aircraft carrier. A 1/20th scale model of this vessel will take to the water in 2015 for some naval wargaming fun.
AIRCRAFT CARRIER INDEX
Cavour - Italy
Chakri Naruebet - Thailand
Clemenceau - France
Dokdo - Republic Korea
Gerald Ford Class - USA
Hyuga - Japan
Invincible - UK
Kuznetsov - Russia
Liaoning - China
Nimitz - USA
Principe de Asturias - Spain
Queen Elizabeth - UK
Vikrant Class - India
Bismarck - Battleship - Germany
HMS Neptune - Leander class cruiser 1941 WWII
Type 23 - Duke class frigate - UK
Type 26 - Global combat ship - UK
Type 45 - Daring class destroyer - UK
Electric prototype - USA
Zumwalt - Class destroyer - USA
PATENT PENDING - The Bluefish™ platform in a modified form is suitable for adaptation to a robotic battleship as a replacement to the Type 45 destroyers and Type 26 combat vessel. The Wolverine ZCC™ in its ultimate form may carry 4 x Tomahawks, 30 x SAMs, 2 x 12.75" and 2 x 21" torpedoes + an ROV or minisub. Not bad for a 50 ton battleship that needs no crew and runs on clean energy from nature. A zoned network of these ships can police international waters, attack and sink enemy aircraft carriers and submarines in formation and shoot down aircraft that present a potential threat to national security. The development of such ships represents an opportunity for future exports and defence energy reductions.
FICTION - Operation Neptune - An advanced nuclear submarine is hijacked by environmental extremists intent on stopping pollution from the burning of fossil fuels. The extremists torpedo a number of oil wells as part of a campaign to cause energy chaos, with bigger plans to come. When NATO tries to stop then, the terrorists sink the USS Jimmy Carter and HMS Queen Elizabeth. A more subtle approach is required, enter John Storm and Charley Temple. If you enjoyed Battleship, Pacific Rim, Under Siege or The Hunt for Red October, this is a must for you.
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