[VIDEO] Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System Tested aboard U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford

NEWPORT News, Va. (June 16, 2015) Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) conducts dead-load testing of the The Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) . (U.S. Navy video/Released)

 


[VIDEO] Inside the USS Ford, America’s Newest Aircraft Carrier

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Under construction in Virginia, this floating city is more powerful than any carrier that has come before.

Newport News, Va. — Joe Pappalardo writes: U.S. Navy Capt. John Meier wants the USS Ford, the first of the United States’ new class of aircraft carrier, to be completed by March 2016. Later that year his term as the ship’s commanding officer will end, and his replacement will be the first to take the vessel (CVN-78) out on the water under its own power. “So I have a vested interest in keeping the ship on schedule, and not only for the Navy and the nation’s sake,” he says.

A trip to the Newport News Shipbuilding, where the Ford is being constructed, makes it clear that aircraft carriers are not delivered, gift wrapped, to the Navy. They are built one compartment at a time. There are 2500 compartments in the USS Ford. Right now the Navy “owns” about 10 percent of them. There are about 800 Navy personnel working here already. The 3D blueprint used to convert sheets of steel into a vessel is now creating a floating warship.  Read the rest of this entry »


China Military Spending Surges for 2014

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Awr Hawkins  writes:  China military spending is surging from the $139.2 billion it spent in 2013 to the $148 billion allotted in 2014.

And this “comes as defense budgets at the Pentagon and many NATO countries shrink.”

According to The New York Times, the U.S. still far outspends the Chinese at $574.9 billion. However, that number is decreasing, down nearly a hundred billion from the $664.3 spent in 2013.

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Navy Conducts Carrier-Based Testing of Drone In Va.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is shown in this undated handout photo from the aircraft's manufacturer, General Atomics. General Atomics explains that the previous "RQ" designation for this vehicle has recently been changed to "MQ" to reflect the aircrafts multi-functional capabilities. The new designation moves the Predator from a strictly reconnaissance role, to an ability to carry and fire weapons such as the "Hellfire" missile. (Photo by General Atomics/Getty Images)

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is shown in this undated handout photo from the aircraft’s manufacturer, General Atomics. General Atomics explains that the previous “RQ” designation for this vehicle has recently been changed to “MQ” to reflect the aircrafts multi-functional capabilities. The new designation moves the Predator from a strictly reconnaissance role, to an ability to carry and fire weapons such as the “Hellfire” missile. (Photo by General Atomics/Getty Images)

The Navy says tests have demonstrated a drone’s ability to integrate with the environment of an aircraft carrier.

The X-47B unmanned combat air system demonstrator was tested Saturday and Sunday during flight operations aboard the U.S. Theodore Roosevelt.

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Japanese-language Chinese news site predicts future of aircraft carriers, uses sci-fi images