The USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)
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19. 200,000 gallons of it…enough to apply 350 coats of paint
to the White House.

20. “Watch your toes”.

21. Building the biggest isn’t cheap. An individual ship costs
around 10 billion dollars with an additional $4 billion for research.

22. Its an expensive ship but it comes with an estimated
lifespan of 50 years.

23. More importantly, we know that our
U.S. Navy is the most powerful force at sea.

24. One of the major changes to the carrier is the new
Electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS).

25. EMALS causes less of a jerk to the
launching aircraft.

26. Over time, those harsh jolts take a toll on the F-18s…..
which costs money.

27. Saving money over an expected span of 50-years plays a
major part in this vessel.

28. Armament includes ESSM (Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile),
RAM (Rolling Airframe Missile), Mk-15 Phalanx CIWS
(Close-In Weapon System).

29. Back to the money topic. We plan to build 10-12 future carriers at around
$13 billion each.

30. That adds up and leads to the following…

31.The down-side of saving money is cutting Navy sailors.

32. To be exact, their goal was to cut around 500 humans
from operations.

33. It’s an unfortunate reality of the world.

34. That being said, this is the future…and we own it.

35. Congratulations to all who worked very hard on this project.
It is not easy to see ahead into the future. That’s what is
expected when it comes to building the next generation of
our U.S. Navy’s aircraft carriers.

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