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The USS Gerald R. Ford, the Navy's new supercarrier, can now land all of the service's planes, except for its new stealth fighter.
The Advanced Arresting Gear has been given a green light to recover all "propeller and jet" aircraft, to include the C-2A Greyhound, E-2C Hawkeye and E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, and E/A-18G Growler, the Navy said in a statement Tuesday.
These aircraft can all conduct flight operations aboard the Ford.
This post sounds soooo cool, "New class of Capital Ships."
originally posted by: pavil
a reply to: Zaphod58
Are these normal bugs to be worked out on a new class of Capital Ships? Do they usually go through such growing pains? It's alarming considering the cost of each of these Carriers. I would expect them to get things right initially and plan ahead for advancements in tech that are known to be in the pipeline.
How much more money is going to be needed till the Ford is fully capable?
What type of power projection does this New Supercarrier have and are their any rivals to it?
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: pavil
Because there wasn't a rush to prepare it for the F-35C. In February, they declared IOC, after VFA-147, the first F-35C squadron, showed 10 aircraft and support equipment on the books. They aren't planning to deploy on their first long term deployment for another two years. The priority has always been to prepare it for the aircraft currently in use, and then deal with future requirements. The Ford won't make her first deployment until at least 2022 after the delays and problems found during her trials. In July, after spending 81 days at sea, she entered a year long upgrade and maintenance period.