Rep. Rob Wittman and Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria both support increased defense spending, and are opposed to a reduction of aircraft carriers.
Read from ACIBC Chairman Rick Giannini on how maintaining the industrial base to build the cutting-edge ships of the future starts with adequately funding aircraft carrier construction and maintenance projects on-time.
“We can move more weapons in a safer way, a faster way to a flight deck that is larger and more flexible. And that all contributes to the kind of agility, lethality, and flexibility the Ford brings to the fight,” Rear Adm. Clapperton, Commander Strike Group 12, said of CVN 78.
Discussing how CVN 78 can go from its highest speed to an emergency stop within the length of four ships, Capt. J.J. Cummings, Commanding Officer said “For a 90,000-ton ship, that’s pretty amazing. And that’s a direct result of the automatic throttles downstairs – makes this thing very responsive to speed, and then stopping power is an automatic feature of those throttles.”
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