Friday, August 4, 2017

U.S. Navy Commissions the Newest Aircraft Carrier



U.S. Navy Commissions the Newest Aircraft Carrier 


The most capable ship in the world to exert power projection across the world’s oceans was recently commissioned by the U.S. Navy.  The U.S. Navy aircraft carriers provide the ability to move a floating airfield, with a significant number of potent combat aircraft, which is prepared to conduct combat operations around the globe.  The U.S. Navy has been called upon during wars and conflicts to use aircraft carriers in support of U.S. national security interests.  The presence of an aircraft carrier, in the area of a potential threat, causes any adversary to consider peaceful solutions to disagreements with America. 


In the photo below is the first aircraft carrier, USS Langley CV 1, which was commissioned in 1922 at the Navy Yard in Norfolk, VA.  The 542 feet long ship, with a displacement of 11,500 tons, was converted from a coal supply ship and carried 468 sailors and 36 aircraft.  

     Photo from the Navy Live Blog, http://navylive.dodlive.mil

Since 1922, the U.S. Navy has built 78 aircraft carriers which have contributed to the security of America.  Over the past 95 years, the Navy has upgraded the capabilities of the aircraft carrier to remain relevant to the threat faced and utilize the best technology available.  Each major upgrade of the aircraft carrier was designated a new class of ship.  Since the USS Langley was built, ten classes of aircraft carriers were designated during the years of 1927, 1934, 1937, 1942, 1945, 1955, 1961, 1967, 1975,  and 2016.   The illustration below documents the evolution of the U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and describes the capabilities of each class.  The significant increase in lethal power of the succeeding class of ships is illustrated.  Contributing to the increase in lethality is the upgraded combat aircraft capabilities used on the aircraft carriers over the same period of time.  



 Illustration from the Navy Live Blog, http://navylive.dodlive.mil

In photo below is the USS Gerald R. Ford CVN 78.  It is the newest aircraft carrier and was commissioned at Naval Station Norfolk, VA on July 22, 2017.  The ship is 1,092 feet long and displaces 90,000 tons.  It will carry in excess of 75 combat aircraft and 4,300 sailors with two nuclear reactors powering the ship.   This is the first in the new class of aircraft carriers with the John F. Kennedy CVN 79 and Enterprise CVN 80 scheduled for delivery to the Navy in the future.  The aircraft carrier will continue to be a significant deterrent force for the U.S. in the future.



 Photo from the Navy Live Blog, http://navylive.dodlive.mil


Story submitted by:
Lawrence J. Nolan, Ph.D.
CAPT, USN (Ret)

 
Today in History August 4, 1790 The Revenue Cutter service, the parent service of the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard was organized.

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