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Honoring All Who Served

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"

To our men and women in uniform, past, present, and future, May God bless you and thank you for your service.  Home of the Brave and Land of the Free.

 

 

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USS Theodore Roosevelt

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) is the fourth Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered, aircraft carrier in the United States Navy.  The aircraft carrier is the fourth ship named in honor of Theodore Roosevelt, three bearing his full name and a fourth with just his last name.  Another three U.S. Navy ships have “Roosevelt” in their names in honor of members of the Roosevelt family.  The carrier’s radio call sign is “Rough Rider”, the nickname of President Theodore Roosevelt’s volunteer cavalry unit during the Spanish-American War.  She was launched in 1984 and saw her first action during Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

The picture is a shock test during sea trials in 1987

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USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) Ford Class

Gerald R. Ford class (or Ford class: previously know as CVN-21 class) is a class of aircraft carrier being built to replace USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and eventually the United States Navy’s existing Nimitz-class carriers, beginning with the delivery of USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78).  The new vessels have a hull similar to the Nimitz class carriers but introduce technologies since developed such as the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, as well as other design features intended to improve efficiency and reduce operating costs. Including sailing with smaller crews.  The class of aircraft carriers is named after former US President Gerald R. Ford.

 

Information taken from Wikipedia

 

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USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) is the United States Navy’s third Nimitz-class supercarrier.  The aircraft carrier is named for Carol Vinson, a Congressman from Georgia, in recognition of his contributions to the U.S. Navy.  The ship was launched in 1980, undertook her maiden voyage in 1983, and underwent refueling and overhaul between 2005 and 2009.

Besides deployments in Operation Desert Strike, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Southern Watch, and Operation Enduring Freedom, Carl Vinson was involved in a number of notable events.  The body od Osama bin Laden was buried at sea in 2011 from the deck of Carl Vinson, and that same year, on Veterans Day, she played host to the first NCAA basketball game on an aircraft carrier, between North Carolina and Michigan State.

 

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Aircraft Carrier Month Special Edition, EMALS

Aircraft Carrier Month Special Edition, EMALS

One of the most revolutionary technologies of the U.S. Navy’s Ford-class carriers is the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, or EMALS, that is currently equipped on the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford and is being integrated on the next two Ford carriers currently under construction.

When fully optimized, EMALS will go from a cold start to launch-ready in about 15 minutes.  Steam catapults take hours and significantly more nuclear energy to achieve the same level of readiness—and deplete the ship’s critical freshwater resources to operate. 

The EMALS will enable Ford-class carriers to accommodate 160 sorties per day during normal conditions and an anticipated 270 during wartime operations.  This is an almost 33 percent increase in sortie deployment capability from the Nimitz-class carrier’s capability during peacetime, and a 12.5 percent increase during wartime.  This represents a drastic increase in the lethality and effectiveness of the ship.

 

Article taken from Defense News – Commentary by: Vice Adm. Lewis W. Crenshaw Jr. (ret.) September 14th.

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