USS Ford’s problems revealed

World naval developments July 2019

USS Ford

By Norman Friedman*

In July the ongoing problems of the new carrier Ford were raised yet again, this time during the confirmation hearings of the new Chief of Naval Operations. The current issue is the ship’s eleven weapon elevators, only two of which are operational. The larger question is why, after many decades of extremely successful carriers, this ship is having such severe problems. Is it the new electric technology involved? Is it the result of switching from the earlier successful Nimitzdesign?

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