U. S. Navy
Aircraft Carriers of the Future
|USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)|
I have recently conducted research on the future Aircraft Carriers for the United States of America. The picture above is an Artist Version of this Ship which will replace the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in 2015.
This is a new class of Carrier and will have a crew of about 800 less than our current carriers because of technology advances.
The USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) is expected to replace the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in 2020
An unnamed carrier (CVN 80) is expected to replace the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) in 2025.
The life span of a Carrier is expected to be about 50 years. As you may know I served in the USS Ranger (CVA 61) in the early years of my U. S. Navy Career. From my point of view our Carrier Program is essential for the future of the U. S. Economy. A carrier can be deployed to any area of the world and launch aircraft without concern for base rights in any foreign country. That is what makes the U. S Navy unique. The Navy is a mobile force that can be deployed anywhere in the world, on the high seas of course, to protect the interest of the United States of America.