Gerald R Ford is in town

Damn boi that's a THICC ass boat.

  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Are you man enough to swim into the harbor and have sex with the boat?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Are you a bad enough dude?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Swimming in Halifax harbour
      No thanks, I have enough aids just from living here. But there is some Dutch, Danish, and German frig-ussy along side that I might go for.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Halifax harbour
        first thing that comes to mind

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          My great grandfather was onboard HMCS Niobe when it happened, he told me some stories about the carnage, lot of really fucked stuff about tons of people getting blinded from glass in their eyes or random limbs being found in the rubble. That blast makes Beirut look like a joke, there are still some historic buildings around the city with visible damage from then.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            holy shit!
            thanks for sharing

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >Nova Scotia donated a large Christmas tree to the city of Boston in thanks and remembrance for the help Boston Red Cross and the Massachusetts Public Safety Committee provided immediately after the Halifax Explosion of 1917. Another tree was sent in 1971, and every year since.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      could you imagine the cancer you'd get just by touching the paint the put on the underwater parts of the hull?

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >not service related

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Swimming in Halifax harbour
      No thanks, I have enough aids just from living here. But there is some Dutch, Danish, and German frig-ussy along side that I might go for.

      >looking Halifax harbour
      >there's a whole fucking wiki page just for how polluted it is
      jesus christ

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      [...]
      >looking Halifax harbour
      >there's a whole fucking wiki page just for how polluted it is
      jesus christ

      >Halifax Harbour has been polluted as a result of two centuries of direct raw sewage discharge into its waters

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Mate, I was born to have sex with botes

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Frig-ussy

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    So what if anything can the Ford class do that the Nimitz could not?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      EMALS and anything else that might require 3x more powerful nuclear reactors
      Even with the absolute shitshow multibillion dollar fitting out they're still going to save money just for hiring 2,600 sailors instead of 3,500 to run them for half a century

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >run them for half a century
        Naval timescales freak me out, like how there's ships that fought in WW2, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War, and the United States Navy is actually one of the world's better navies at getting rid of decrepit shit

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          The first Nimitz carrier was launched during the Nixon presidency and the tenth and final one was commissioned during the Obama administration

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah like this anon said carriers are big floating nuclear airstrips, we're probably always going to be able to find uses, the big future proofing thing about Ford class is simply having vastly more power on tap, better distribution system too. There is plenty of important promising stuff like directed energy weapons or coilguns for fleet defense that may be power hogs. We don't have them yet but Ford will be a lot more ready for them.

        The biggest thing we've used carriers for is probably soft power not hard power, making them literally the most useful type of ship for the entire Cold War. In that respect Ford is a better floating power plant that can produce more fresh water and such too.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah like this anon said carriers are big floating nuclear airstrips, we're probably always going to be able to find uses, the big future proofing thing about Ford class is simply having vastly more power on tap, better distribution system too. There is plenty of important promising stuff like directed energy weapons or coilguns for fleet defense that may be power hogs. We don't have them yet but Ford will be a lot more ready for them.

        The biggest thing we've used carriers for is probably soft power not hard power, making them literally the most useful type of ship for the entire Cold War. In that respect Ford is a better floating power plant that can produce more fresh water and such too.

        Either of you anons know anything about the EMLAS system? How is it better than the traditional steam driven system? Is it faster to use, or quicker to reset? More consistent or less prone to malfunction?

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          All that plus more energy, more control (so can be used with a wider range of aircraft and loads), less manpower, more compact, and more. Basically it should be better in every respect... when they can get it to work. Which obviously they've been having "more trouble than expected" with.

          All BS aside I'm honestly sure they'll get there in the end. It's a big floating reactor and steel pile, they have the space, they've got the energy, electromagnetic propulsion is hardly some magic mystery thing we use it in fucking trains and piles of other stuff. With the kind of money and manyears Navy will throw at this just like other complex systems with tortured developments (F-35 for current example) they will undoubtedly brute force their way in (at massive cost to taxpayers). Management was shit on this one though.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I hope you're right about that anon, really does seem like a fascinating ship if they can get the kinks ironed out of it.
            Assuming the country still exists in 50 or 100 years, It'll be interesting to see what comes along to eventually replace the Ford class, assuming the paradigm hasn't shifted so much to render the concept of carriers completely obsolete.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              >Assuming the country still exists in 50 or 100 years, It'll be interesting to see what comes along to eventually replace the Ford class, assuming the paradigm hasn't shifted so much to render the concept of carriers completely obsolete.
              It's hard to imagine that happening short of some sort of post-Singularity super tech world where everything is nanogoo or whatever. Which, granted, might well happen in 50-100 years, at the rate of technological advancement that is a long time. But end of the day a carrier is a big pretty well protected mobile nuclear air base. Floating in water is in terms of fundamental physics just an incredibly efficient way to move huge amounts of mass around, and also conveniently serves as an effectively infinite very effective heat sink. In terms of raw physics even with future full autonomous super fighters etc etc, having a lot of mass and energy at a given place will still be something that can serve a role. And remember that carriers have arguably been the most effective ROI of all naval ships because everything else is basically useful only for an actual war. Yeah some of them have launched some cruise missiles once in a while or taken some blaps or muscled pirates or whatever, but mostly the rest of the navy exists exclusively for stuff that America hopes will never actually happen. Like things from the F-14 to ICBMs, gotta have them, good that they are advanced and work, but "success" is "they are never used".

              But carriers have been ultra useful in rescue missions, disaster relief, base support for other operations over land, tons of stuff. They'd arguably have all paid for themselves vs every other navy ship even if sunk if the CW went hot or we fought China. So as long as things remain even vaguely recognizable and we're talking about Earth I think some form of "carrier" will exist, though maybe the next time around they'll have fusion reactors or something.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          advantages
          >much finer control over acceleration and deceleration means less airframe wear and it can get more off the deck
          >no steam generation taking up internal space and making damage control hellish

          disadvantages
          >still suffering from all-time greatest american traitor donald rumsfeld informing the navy that land-based prototyping was for pussies and they were to do it all live on the first hull

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >>much finer control over acceleration and deceleration means less airframe wear and it can get more off the deck
            Also just plain more launch variety. You can use them for both fully laden heavy fighters and light drones. Obviously the latter is a lot more of a consideration now then when the Nimitz was designed.
            >>no steam generation taking up internal space and making damage control hellish
            Yep.

            suffering from all-time greatest american traitor donald rumsfeld informing the navy that land-based prototyping was for pussies and they were to do it all live on the first hull
            Jesus the amount of trouble he and his ilk caused with their FASTER CHEAPER BETTER JUST TEST AFTER FULL INTEGRATION YOLO!! gayry. I mean shit, fundamentally that's what they did with Iraq too, "needing lots of troops and ground logistics and repair is obsolete old think!" A lots of other programs, which instead ended up being massively more expensive and having massively more problems. Gonna take us decades to clear all that shit out of the system for good.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              USN leadership is very much to blame, as well. There hasn't been a single post-Peace Dividend program that's worked out right (not counting upgrades, refurbs, and the like). Virginia probably came the closest, and the first several boats were probably as or more expensive than continued Seawolf production would have been.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >and anything else that might require 3x more powerful nuclear reactors
        This is the big one and it specifically means lasers, big ass lasers

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          What's the tactical advantage of putting big ass lasers on your aircraft carrier, meant to operate aircraft? Are we gonna have the reverse of the Yamato conversions, where carrier hulls get converted to laser battleships?

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Air defense. Laser battleships are a silly concept because lasers can't fire over the horizon at surface targets.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >turn on big laser
          >suddenly don't have enough power for radar

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I was nearly on that boat det anon. We could’ve met up and touched each other’s penises.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Well, I can confirm your missing out on a great city to get shitfaced in.

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    don't be posting that shit dawg loose lips sink ships

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Gonna dump a few pics taken today.

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous
  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Danish frigate

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Long boi

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    das a big ol' booty

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      God damn that's a thicc ass bitch

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous
  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    That's cool that the Ford is getting some port calls while it goes through its workups. When I was in we were always in such a rush to get carriers ready to go, they just didn't give port calls at all unless you were deployed.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Port calls for something this big are also a lot of fun for the host city. It was pretty neat when HMS Queen Elizabeth visited in 2019, in some ways it's a more imposing vessel because of the twin islands.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Would be real fun to see them side by side, though the Ford is only like 130' longer despite outmassing the QE by like 35000 tons.

        Seen any F-35s on it?

        I don't see any in the pictures anon posted. Maybe they're down below if it has any. Maybe aren't running those during the shakedown, since they're all actually being sold or going to active training/deployment or whatever.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          130 feet is a lot though. Also nuclear reactors.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >130 feet is a lot though.
            Right but it's 900-someodd vs 1000-someodd, in an absolute sense sure 130 is a bunch for a ship but as a percentage side by side Ford isn't going to look massively bigger, certainly not nearly 50% larger it is in displacement. I'm just saying that while (as a biasd American granted) I love the Ford personally I don't think the QE would necessarily look mogged.
            >Also nuclear reactors.
            Not really visible though. You know they're there and it's awesome, but purely in terms of two ships together it's more subtle. And QE isn't some vatnik shitboat rolling coal before it breaks and needs to be towed the rest of the way home (so it can catch on fire or have a crane fall on it while docked), so not like it's belching smoke visible for hundreds of miles.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              The ford also has a wider beam at the water line and a wider flight deck anon. And when it comes to width every meter or foot contributes a lot to weight compared to length.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                I think you're misreading me. I was just trying to not be an ass to other anon who said
                >in some ways it's a more imposing vessel because of the twin islands.
                and acknowledge that it'd be really cool to see them side-by-side and that's not because "haha big american vessel mogs dumb brit vessel" I think it's still a cool ship and I'd love to see the frogs and their boat and Nimitz and just a big line of all the NATO carriers in general, it'd be unironically rad. OBVIOUSLY volume increases at the cube and it doesn't take being much bigger in dimensions to have vastly more displacement, even ignoring armor and such, but purely in terms of external looks 100k displacement wouldn't embarrass 65k displacement, 65k is still a serious boat.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Well 65K is needed for a standard carrier nowadays while 100K + Nuclear reactors is what is needed for a super carrier. Back in the 50s and 60s the QEs would be considered Super Carriers but standards for ships change all the time. That's not to say 65K isn't capable and it still operate a decent flight group for power projection.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Frankly with the teething issues EMALS has been having and because the Ford is basically a RDTE hull for now using the limited stock of JSFs on the Nimitz carriers just makes more sense.
          "Being sold" doesn't make much sense because only the US makes the Charlies and only for domestic use, they have their own production line.

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Also thanks for posting cool pictures anons. Wish I was still on my Maine project rather than back in VT, I'd love to go to Nova Scotia again it's been forever and this would have been a cool excuse.

  14. 4 weeks ago
    sage

    Seen any F-35s on it?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Would be real fun to see them side by side, though the Ford is only like 130' longer despite outmassing the QE by like 35000 tons.

      [...]
      I don't see any in the pictures anon posted. Maybe they're down below if it has any. Maybe aren't running those during the shakedown, since they're all actually being sold or going to active training/deployment or whatever.

      Per wiki, only the CV and TR have Amy so far, plus the Marines put a squadron on Abe earlier this year.

  15. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Are you a broken man?

  16. 4 weeks ago
    sage

    >While in Halifax, some of Ford's sailors are expected to take part in a number of tours and scheduled events, including volunteering at a thrift store, food bank, animal shelter and Habitat for Humanity.

    What the fuck Canada? If I'm making port call I'm volunteering to fill some pussy, tf is all this shit

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      It's a shakedown cruise not a real mission and this is Maplestan and southern at that, probably with a certain number of curious Americans wandering on over. PR is order of the day, nobody on this has been isolated in the Pacific for months or something.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      lol, lmao.

      Seen any F-35s on it?

      Didn't see any on deck. I don't even know if it's certified for F35s yet.
      I remember hearing about it having issues with recovering them but that was a couple of years ago.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >I remember hearing about it having issues with recovering them but that was a couple of years ago.
        EMALs I think passed 10k launch/recover, like, June? July? This past year anyway. It's still operating well below their target, but it's no longer just completely worthless apparently and is slowly getting bugs worked out. Hopefully in time to start fixing some of this stuff for Enterprise and later. It'll be good that at least that embarrassing toilet issue will only affect two ships, FFS.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >Has to pay the plumber $400k + tip everytime someone brings taco bell on board

          God Bless America.

  17. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Much better lighting now

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Beautiful.

      https://i.imgur.com/tHhLedx.jpg

      I'm surprised someone was able to get a drone close enough for this shot.

      Plenty of little private ships cruising around there too, always are. Those are honestly probably more of a "concern", though also expected during a PR port call showing off to civvies is part of the point and I honestly doubt they are particularly concerned in friggin' Canada. In general too a tiny little civvie drone can't do anything whatsoever to an aircraft carrier even if it wanted to. Like yeah I'm sure they'd be irritated if it flew directly overhead and lost control and crashed, and seek prosecution if it hit an aircraft (let alone a seaman), but if it's off over water just taking some pictures that too is probably as much expected these days as somebody in their little dinky fishing boat slowing down to take a look.

      If it was actually launching any aircraft that'd be a different story but it's not.

  18. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm surprised someone was able to get a drone close enough for this shot.

  19. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Well well well, look what I found

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      nice rust bucket

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      That the LBJ?

  20. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    is the ford operational? i didnt know it could launch planes yet. but your pic says otherwise.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      It's going out for it's first active deployment, 2 months cruising around the Atlantic doing work ups.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      It launches planes all the time.
      The problem is that out of its first 4,000 EMALS operations, 97.5% of them went off perfectly, and it was designed for 99.975% reliability - as in, there were approximately 100 errors and there should have been approximately one.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Fuck I love living in a country where 97.5% is considered dangerously poor performance

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Yeah, I don't know what the errors were, since it seems like they've resulted in no plane losses and thankfully no injuries or fatalities.

          I wonder if some were BSOD shit where the plane just sits there instead of getting pulted, or maybe everything LOOKS like it worked perfectly but "ya done goofed" gets dumped in a log file afterwards

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >is the ford operational?
      As-in, fully targeted specs and ready for military deployment? No. But passed a lot of core stuff (including shock testing which the Navy briefly tried to avoid like fags) and now onto shake down work? Yes.
      >i didnt know it could launch planes yet. but your pic says otherwise.
      Yeah your knowledge is pretty out of date. I just looked it up since I only half-remembered earlier and yes this past June they passed 10000 successful launches/recoveries with the EMALS.

      However that testing has mainly served to reveal that the thing is still WAAAAAAAAAYYYYY below the targeted reliability. Yeah it can launch stuff but then it breaks like 1/200 times, when they want it to be reliable to like 1/4000 times. Apparently it's been slowly improving but last I read GAO said the Navy now thinks it won't reach full spec until like 2030. Well done GA and all.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        My understanding was that the AAG was causing more delays than EMALS. And the fancy weapons elevators (designed like an airlock, so that munitions pass the hangar level without being exposed to it) have been glitchy, too.

  21. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    cool stuff, thanks for sharing

  22. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If this thread is still up tomorrow, I'll look at posting some more pics, including some of the other ships in the group.

    Does anyone know which specific Ticonderoga Class cruiser is on this deployment?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      can't bump this all night but wouldn't mind see a few more pics tomorrow if it makes it, fun to see some real time PrepHole pictures from an anon

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