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On April 18, 1942, from a position at sea 668 miles from Tokyo, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV 8) launched 16 B-25s of the 17th AAF Air Group led by Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy H. Doolittle, for the first attack on the Japanese homeland.
On the morning of the attack, while still 650 nautical miles from Japan, a Japanese picket boat sighted the U.S. forces and immediately radioed a warning to headquarters in Japan. U.S. forces immediately launched the strike – 12 hours earlier and 150 nautical miles farther from Japan than planned. Although none of the B-25 pilots, including Doolittle, had ever taken off from an aircraft carrier before, all 16 planes were launched safely in one hour.
This mission occurred just four months after the attack on Pearl Harbor and demonstrated the newly discovered air wing capabilities of the carrier.
This feat signified that carrier “presence matters” to ensure U.S. readiness around the world. Carriers are at the highest operational tempo since WWII and so it is even more important than even that an 11-carrier fleet is maintained through the carrier midlife modernization process. As history proved in 1942, aircraft carriers capabilities are always evolving to current mission needs making them the preeminent ships in the sea.
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On April 18, 1942, from a position at sea 668 miles from Tokyo, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV 8) launched 16 B-25s of the 17th AAF Air Group led by Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy H. Doolittle, for the first attack on the Japanese homeland.

On the morning of the attack, while still 650 nautical miles from Japan, a Japanese picket boat sighted the U.S. forces and immediately radioed a warning to headquarters in Japan. U.S. forces immediately launched the strike – 12 hours earlier and 150 nautical miles farther from Japan than planned. Although none of the B-25 pilots, including Doolittle, had ever taken off from an aircraft carrier before, all 16 planes were launched safely in one hour.

This mission occurred just four months after the attack on Pearl Harbor and demonstrated the newly discovered air wing capabilities of the carrier.

This feat signified that carrier “presence matters” to ensure U.S. readiness around the world. Carriers are at the highest operational tempo since WWII and so it is even more important than even that an 11-carrier fleet is maintained through the carrier midlife modernization process. As history proved in 1942, aircraft carriers capabilities are always evolving to current mission needs making them the preeminent ships in the sea.

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In today’s day and age, there’s nothing better than physical presence. As Marine Brigadier General Michael Groen said last week at the Sea-Air-Space Exposition when speaking about the importance of presence when providing disaster relief, “If you’re not there when it’s raining, you won’t be there when it’s raining bullets.”
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In today’s day and age, there’s nothing better than physical presence. As Marine Brigadier General Michael Groen said last week at the Sea-Air-Space Exposition when speaking about the importance of presence when providing disaster relief, “If you’re not there when it’s raining, you won’t be there when it’s raining bullets.”

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When an aircraft carrier undergoes its midlife modernization, known as refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH), it is transformed and prepared for another 25 years of service. Upon completing RCOH, a carrier is updated with the latest technology and advanced capabilities.

This infographic outlines the importance of RCOH to a carrier’s lifecycle. It further emphasizes how vital the midlife modernization process is to keeping the U.S. Navy fleet at 11 carriers, the minimum number required for the U.S. Navy to continue to be forward deployed “where it matters, when it matters.”
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When an aircraft carrier undergoes its midlife modernization, known as refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH), it is transformed and prepared for another 25 years of service. Upon completing RCOH, a carrier is updated with the latest technology and advanced capabilities.

This infographic outlines the importance of RCOH to a carrier’s lifecycle. It further emphasizes how vital the midlife modernization process is to keeping the U.S. Navy fleet at 11 carriers, the minimum number required for the U.S. Navy to continue to be forward deployed “where it matters, when it matters.”

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With the newest class of aircraft carriers, Gerald R. Ford-class, comes cutting-edge innovation. Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is being designed and built to be the world’s most technologically advanced warship. 
One of these cutting-edge innovations is the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) catapult which will launch and recovers aircraft using electric power rather than steam. According to Captain James Donnelly, manager of the launcher, the U.S. Navy was so impressed with the push delivered by the new EMALS electric catapult that Gerald R. Ford is in effect being built around the concept with the ship being powered using electricity rather than steam.

The Economist article “Catapulting Ahead” explains the advanced capabilities of EMALS and the other tech-innovations that will propel the new carrier class to be leaps ahead of the other ship in the sea.

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With the newest class of aircraft carriers, Gerald R. Ford-class, comes cutting-edge innovation. Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is being designed and built to be the world’s most technologically advanced warship

One of these cutting-edge innovations is the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) catapult which will launch and recovers aircraft using electric power rather than steam. According to Captain James Donnelly, manager of the launcher, the U.S. Navy was so impressed with the push delivered by the new EMALS electric catapult that Gerald R. Ford is in effect being built around the concept with the ship being powered using electricity rather than steam.

The Economist article “Catapulting Ahead” explains the advanced capabilities of EMALS and the other tech-innovations that will propel the new carrier class to be leaps ahead of the other ship in the sea.

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At the commissioning of USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in 1961, Secretary of the Navy John B. Connally Jr. stated, “The new Enterprise will reign a long, long time as queen of the seas." His words rang true. In her final deployment in 2012, Enterprise sailed 80,968 miles and launched more than 8,000 flight missions. Proving yet again why the ship is a legend and the first and only of its kind.
Enterprise’s legend continues with the third ship of the Gerald R. Ford-class of carriers, Enterprise (CVN 80).
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At the commissioning of USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in 1961, Secretary of the Navy John B. Connally Jr. stated, “The new Enterprise will reign a long, long time as queen of the seas." His words rang true. In her final deployment in 2012, Enterprise sailed 80,968 miles and launched more than 8,000 flight missions. Proving yet again why the ship is a legend and the first and only of its kind.

Enterprise’s legend continues with the third ship of the Gerald R. Ford-class of carriers, Enterprise (CVN 80).

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