Saturday, January 16, 2021

America’s $13.2 billion cutting edge aircraft carrier "isn't very good at actually being a carrier"

Popular Mechanics:

Three years after joining the U.S. Navy, the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford is still teething problems that limit its ability to operate airplanes.

USS Ford, the first ship to use a new generation of catapults and arresting gear, has encountered far more failures of both, leaving it unable to launch or recover airplanes for days at a time. In the meantime, barely half of the ship’s fancy new weapons handling elevators are operational