When it comes to big things the U. S. Navy has no problem with commitment. The service loves big aircraft carriers, big submarines, big ships – ships that travel on big oceans. It loves to think big – wide-open, transoceanic, blue water operations. Its shopping lists routinely include items costing in the billions of dollars – big bucks.
Test and development efforts for the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) remain on track despite the Covid-19 virus outbreak, the Navy’s chief official for carriers said, while a fifth advanced weapons elevator (AWE) – and first “lower stage” elevator – has been certified, allowing access to the ship’s after weapons magazines.
In what may be a historical first, the submarine Delaware (SSN 791) was officially commissioned into service in the United States Navy April 4 while underwater, a top Navy official told reporters Thursday.
“We commissioned USS Delaware in a rare form,” said James “Hondo” Geurts, the service’s top acquisition official. “It’s probably fitting for a submarine named after the first state [that] it was the first commissioning we’ve ever done underwater.
James “Hondo” Geurts, top acquisition official for the US Navy and Marine Corps, is working to coordinate government and industry efforts to keep the nation’s industrial base healthy and functioning during the coronavirus pandemic.
The aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) has been at sea one of every two days since returning to service in October, Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly said Tuesday, continuing evidence that the ship is meeting or exceeding expectations.
The waterfront in this Navy town is always bristling with warships carrying guns, missiles and powerful electronic systems. But a new feature appeared recently in the form of laser weapons mounted aboard two ships based here. And more lasers are coming.