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Northrop Grumman reached its first construction milestone in the life of the new-generation aircraft carrier, CVN 21. The company cut one of the first pieces of steel, a 15-ton plate for a side shell unit of CVN 78, the first ship of the CVN 21 program.
God knows it's about time we got another carrier.
Originally posted by orangetom1999
For those of you intrested in this kind of stuff look up a construction technique called "photogrammetry" . This is a technique done with a laser to pinpoint certain points on a object..so as to catalogue the accurate dimensions. This can be done with a pump and motor ...a electric box...cable bundles...or a whole airplane. These accurate dimensions are fed into a computer and then crunched for certain compartments. They then know by this data how much equipment can be placed in a specific compartment etc ..what changes need to be made to accomodate.
They also know quite accurately the difference of size in compartments in a series of ships constructed. All of this done by computer.
They know specifically how many F 18 Super Hornets will fit on the flight deck and in the hanger bays of the new carriers. Quite a remarkable tool used in construction. Quite a jump from the olde way ships were built.
Looking foreward to seeing the CVN 21 series coming up out of the bottom of the drydocks here as they are built.
The USS George Bush is currently in the carrier drydock ..but when It comes out they will begin laying the CVN21 assemblys down there in that dock.
Originally posted by deltaboy
is the CVN 78 goin to be the first carrier to use the electromagnetic catapults? or its not feasible yet at this time for this carrier?
Originally posted by ghost
Cool, If they are stating to cut the metal for the hull of CVX-78, that means the first of the New Class of Aircraft Carrier is on its way. By the way, CVX is a whole new Class of aircraft carrier that's why it's called CVX, instead of the usual CVN. CVN-77 was the last of the Nimitz Class. I wonder what the name for this Class will be.
Any Ideas? Maybe we could call it the "Eagle Class" or the "Freedom Class"!
I've kind of always wanted to serve on the USS Whoop A$$
Originally posted by JIMC5499
I signed the petition too. I'll even send a couple e-mails to my Congresscritter and Senator. Let them name the first one America.
They can name the second one (the better one after all of the bugs are worked out) Enterprise.
Junglemike were you Air Wing or ship's company?