🇺🇸 Commissioned 22 JUL 2017 😳
Weighing as much as 400 Statues of Liberty, costing over $13 billion, and powered by two A1B nuclear reactors, the #USSGeraldRFord Supercarrier is the first of its class. Construction of this 100,000 ton beast began in August of 2005. Spanning 1,092 feet, it's longer than it's predecessor carrier class, the #Nimitz, and measures in at 250 feet high. It is the most expensive #carrier to have ever been built.
It is armed with two RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) launchers as well as two RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) attack systems. It is also outfitted with three Phalanx CIWS, or R2-D2s, and four M2 .50 Cal. machine guns.
Named after the 38th #President of the United States, the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) can carry more than 75 #aircrafts, travel at speeds of up to 30 #knots, and can house over 4,000 #servicemen.
Unlike our current carriers' propulsion systems that use steam and hydraulics, this one uses the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) to propel aircrafts off of its 5-acre flight deck.
The #UnitedStates has 10 commissioned #carriers as of now. All of them are members of the #NimitzClass. The Gerald Ford Class introduces us to the future of the #USNavy.
Currently the USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) and the USS Enterprise (CVN-80) are under construction as the next additions to the #FordClass. With 10x more supercarriers than any other nation, the United States has the most powerful navy on Earth.
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