Now that’s a big anchor!
A Newport News Shipbuilding employee hammers the starboard anchor of the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) to its chain during an evolution overseen by the ship’s Deck department. The attachment of the anchor chain marks another progressive milestone in Ford's construction.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Patrick Grieco/RELEASED)
On December 9, 1995, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) was commissioned at Newport News Shipbuilding, making it the seventh Nimitz-class aircraft carrier in the U.S. Navy Fleet.
This past April, USS John C. Stennis ended its successful eight-month deployment serving with strength, honor and conviction. The aircraft carrier conducted theater security operations with partner nations in the Western Pacific and U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility, provided humanitarian relief to disaster areas and flew aircraft to support U.S. efforts in Afghanistan. "We know we made a positive difference," said Capt. Dell Bull, commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9.
The aircraft carrier is named after Senator John C. Stennis, who served for 41 years in the U.S. Senate, from 1947 to 1988, with eight presidents from President Truman to Reagan. His long tenure made him the most senior member in the Senate during his last eight years in office. Because of his work with the Senate Armed Services Committee, he was hailed by former President Reagan as “The father of America’s modern Navy.”
When Nicholas Glakas, former staff member for Senator Stennis, was asked what he would think Senator Stennis would say if he had the opportunity to visit the ship at sea:
”He would have been so proud. Not that the ship was named after him. But that so many Sailors could serve aboard the nation’s aircraft carriers just as he had envisioned - with strength, honor and conviction.”
Unlike other Nimitz-class carriers, a unique component of USS John C. Stennis is its Miff Room. Demonstrating the strong connection between shipbuilders and the ships they construct, the room commemorates W.B. “Miff” Miffleton who was the aircraft carrier construction manager from Newport News Shipbuilding at the time of the ship’s construction and oversaw the completion of aircraft carriers for 22 years.
The newly christened aircraft carrier, Gerald R. Ford, carries on Senator Stennis’ legacy of a modern American Navy by being the first aircraft carrier in a new class of the most advanced carriers in the world. Christened exactly one month ago, Ford is the newest class of aircraft carriers and will carry on the U.S. Navy’s presence around the world for years to come.
Learn more about the USS John C. Stennis.
Photo credit: U.S. Navy
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What’s 7 feet, 8 inches long, weighs 366 pounds and is haze grey? That would be a Truman-class cake!
Three U.S. Navy culinary specialists baked the sheet cake — a replica of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) — for a State Department reception held while the ship made a port visit in Dubai last month.
Read the story on Intercepts, a blog from DefenseNews.
Today, we salute the crew of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) on the 20th anniversary of their ship’s keel-laying, held Nov. 29, 1993 at Newport News Shipbuilding.
The ship is named after Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of the United States. Originally, the eighth aircraft carrier of the Nimitz-class was laid down and authorized under the name USS United States but the name was changed at the direction of then-Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton.
"The naming of this mighty warship for such an honorable and dedicated man is a measure of his legacy. The quality Armed Forces that we have today—the finest in our history—reflect his efforts. In the crucible of world war, and later in the struggle for freedom we now look back on as the Cold War, President Harry Truman was the principal architect of victory…I know USS Harry S. Truman will honor her namesake in defending America’s interests around the world,” said Secretary Dalton.
Embodying the phrase “The Buck Stops Here" — a favorite phrase of the ship’s namesake — USS Harry S. Truman defends America’s interests and allies around the world through a wide range of missions, including providing disaster relief following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and its current eight- to nine-month deployment supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleets.
A new era of “mighty warships” began when Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) was christened three weeks ago. As the world’s most advanced aircraft carrier, Gerald R. Ford will be the lead ship of the next generation Ford-class aircraft carriers ready to defend America’s interests around the world for the next 50 years.
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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 24, 2013) The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) transits the Atlantic Ocean while conducting a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX).
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The Legacy of USS John F. Kennedy
The first honoring of President John F. Kennedy’s legacy occurred on May 27, 1967 when USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) was christened by his daughter, Caroline Kennedy.
At the christening ceremony, President Lyndon B. Johnson said:
"Because John Kennedy understood that strength is essential to sustain freedom, because he recognized that we cannot afford to mark time or stand in place, he requested funds for this carrier from the Congress in 1963.
"In the year 2000 — and beyond — this majestic ship that we christen here today may still be sailing the oceans of the world. We pray that her years will be years of peace. But if she must fight, both the flag she flies and the name she bears will carry a profound message to friend and foe alike…Let this ship we christen in his name be a testament that his countrymen have not forgotten.”
Until the ship’s decommissioning in 2007, CV 67 embodied the courage of its namesake, a man who commanded a PT boat during World War II, sailed courageously into the battle for the Solomons and received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal and a Purple Heart for his distinguished service.
As President Johnson predicted during his christening speech, into the 21st century USS John F. Kennedy projected a “profound message” of strength across the globe deterring American adversaries and assuring American allies.
In 2011, 44 years after christening CV 67, Caroline Kennedy celebrated the U.S. Navy’s naming the of the second ship of the next-generation Ford-class carrier, John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus reflected, “I am honored to have the opportunity to name the next aircraft carrier after this great sailor and inspirational leader, and to keep the rich tradition and history of USS John F. Kennedy sailing in the U.S. Fleet.”
The Ford-class is a new class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers that will be used for operations throughout the 21st Century. The new John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) will be built at Newport News Shipbuilding and is designed to be ready for the future. John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) will provide improved warfighting capability, quality of life improvements for sailors, and reduced acquisition and life cycle costs. Like USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) will manifest the ideals of President Kennedy that aircraft carriers are essential to providing strength and sustaining freedom.
View a slide show from Newport News Shipbuilding, “Continuing the Legacy of Kennedy.”
Photo Source: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
On November 18, 1922, Commander Kenneth Whiting, piloting a PT Seaplane, made the first successful catapult launch from an aircraft carrier, USS Langley (CV 1). This launch began an era in which aircraft carriers would become the leading force of the U.S. Navy.
Commander Whiting, known as the “father of the aircraft carrier” was involved in the design or construction of five of the first six U.S. Navy aircraft carriers, including the first carrier, USS Langley. He became the first commanding officer of the USS Langley in 1922. Even before taking command of USS Langley, he predicted, “Langley will provide our U.S. Navy with an experimental carrier…to conduct any experiment required for the design of future carriers and for the development of naval tactics.”
Exploring the new naval discipline of aircraft carrier operations, Commander Whiting made carrier history when he himself catapulted his plane off the USS Langley. The first catapult technology used air-compressed catapult system until 1924 when Lieutenant L. C. Hayden launched from USS Langley introducing a catapult powered by gunpowder.
This milestone led to the use of catapults on aircraft carriers and cruisers through World War II, to the steam catapults on today’s Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, and now a new era of catapult technology begins with Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS). As the culmination of concepts and technologies matured over 100 years, Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the lead ship of the Ford-class aircraft carriers, is the first ship equipped with the electromagnetic launch system and ushers in a new era for catapult technology.
Learn more about Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78): thefordclass.com
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On November 14, 1910 Eugene Ely, a civilian pilot, succeeded in performing the first flight off a U.S. Navy warship. This historic achievement marked the beginning of naval aviation for the U.S. Navy.
At the Norfolk Navy Yard in Virginia, a wooden platform was constructed over the foredeck of the scout cruiser USS Birmingham (CL 2). The structure sloped down five degrees from the cruiser’s bridge to the bow to provide a gravity-assisted 57-foot takeoff run for Ely’s Curtiss-brand pusher airplane.
"If I did not believe I could do it without injury to myself or my machine, I would not attempt it," said Ely.
Although the flight was originally scheduled for around noon, harsh weather conditions forced Ely and the crew to postpone the takeoff. As the weather started to improve, Ely revved up the plane’s engines and by mid-afternoon gunned his engine, gave the release signal, and rolled down the ramp. The Curtiss plane briefly touched the Elizabeth River, spraying water on the engine causing enough damage to the propeller that Ely needed to make a quick landing. After spending a total of five minutes in the air and travelling two and a half miles, Ely successfully landed the plane in Willoughby, Virginia.
Ely’s plane was a Curtiss-brand Model D airplane. The Model D was a biplane, with two sets of wings stacked on top of each other and fitted with a wheeled tricycle undercarriage.
This first take-off that Ely conquered placed the U.S. Navy on the cutting edge of naval aviation—an edge it has maintained for over 100 hundred years. Over the weekend, the U.S. Navy demonstrated its commitment to lead naval aviation for the next century when it conducted flight operations with the future aircraft X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).
For the next century, the next-generation Ford-class aircraft carriers will be equipped to launch and recover the ever-evolving and advancing aircraft of the U.S. Navy. Ford-class carriers are ready for the future maintaining U.S. Navy’s supremacy of air power at sea.
Learn more about Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78): http://thefordclass.com/
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