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#1 shep854

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 0736 AM

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"The USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), America’s futuristic new aircraft carrier, will finally hit the open water for sea trials this week, the Navy confirmed to Business Insider.

"The ship and crew have already completed a pier side dry run of operations in Newport News, Virginia, and will hit the seas later this week to test out its most basic functions."


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Posted 05 April 2017 - 0817 AM

Looks like a good class. Haven't seen the kind of criticism about it like some of the other new naval ship classes have.


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Posted 05 April 2017 - 1012 AM

Looks like a good class. Haven't seen the kind of criticism about it like some of the other new naval ship classes have.

Is that true?  I was reading something the other day (I thought on here but not finding it atm) discussing all the issues with the class (basically 'designing it as they build it').  I don't follow Navy issues that closely so I don't know if the issues were specific to the Ford or more of the same for the Navy.


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#4 Ken Estes

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 1018 AM

Now that we have run out of presidents remotely acceptable or suitable for ship naming, is this the end?


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#5 Tim the Tank Nut

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 1041 AM

Enterprise, Hornet, Yorktown, Saratoga, Lexington, even Langley would be better than ANY President's name.


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#6 JasonJ

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 1050 AM

 

Looks like a good class. Haven't seen the kind of criticism about it like some of the other new naval ship classes have.

Is that true?  I was reading something the other day (I thought on here but not finding it atm) discussing all the issues with the class (basically 'designing it as they build it').  I don't follow Navy issues that closely so I don't know if the issues were specific to the Ford or more of the same for the Navy.

 

 

I can't say for sure. The carrier class has somehow been spared from the typical TN scrutiny treatment.


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#7 shep854

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 1122 AM

I've read that were issues with the new electro-magnetic catapults. Since this is a brand new tech application, that should not be too surprising.
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#8 Rickard N

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 1605 PM

Is Oriskany off limits?

 

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#9 Brian Kennedy

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 1623 PM

Enterprise, Hornet, Yorktown, Saratoga, Lexington, even Langley would be better than ANY President's name.

 

There should certainly always be an Enterprise, Hornet, Yorktown and Saratoga. 


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#10 shep854

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 2013 PM

CVN-80 will be named Enterprise.  https://en.wikipedia...rprise_(CVN-80)

CVN-79 will be John F. Kennedy


Edited by shep854, 05 April 2017 - 2015 PM.

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#11 Ken Estes

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 2015 PM

Before we resurrect Hornet and Saratoga [an IJN submarine torpedo magnet for most of the critical part of the war], we need to have a new Lexington. If we factor in the performance of WWII air groups with their carriers, we should equate Enterprise and Yorktown. Just ask our fellow TNetter, RLeonard, if in doubt.


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#12 Ken Estes

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 2016 PM

Ack, double post. This space for rent.


Edited by Ken Estes, 05 April 2017 - 2017 PM.

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#13 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 0151 AM

Plenty of good names out there. USS Ark Royal for example.

Im just saying....


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#14 EvanDP

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 0322 AM

Considering the shortages of hulls and the modern love of synergy and branding I suggest:

 

General George C. Thurgood/Thorogood Marshall

 

That way we honor a General, a Justice and a Bluesman all in one shot. ;)


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Posted 06 April 2017 - 0424 AM

With a new Kaga just commissioned, the Japanese only need to launch new Hiryu, Akagi, Zuikaku and Shokaku to justify SaratogaYorktown and Hornet.


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Posted 06 April 2017 - 0457 AM

I'd have to say that I like the sound of "USS Lexington, USS Saratoga, JS Kaga, and JS Akagi to participate in joint-training between the USN and JMSDF".
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#17 shep854

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 0819 AM

Considering the original concept and designation of carriers in the US Navy was an 'aircraft carrying cruiser-- CV=Cruiser (C) Fixed-wing aircraft (V), the Japanese designation of their carriers as 'destroyers' makes a bit of (whimsical) sense. :P


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#18 Ivanhoe

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 0858 AM

If we are to reprise the "major American battles" naming scheme, I suggest "USS Super Bowl LI."


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Posted 07 April 2017 - 0049 AM

If you're out of presidents you can go with the VPs. USS Quayle for a start.
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Posted 07 April 2017 - 0126 AM

USS Joe Biden???
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