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U.S. Aircraft Carriers

U.S. Aircraft Carriers

An Illustrated Design History

  • Author: Norman Friedman
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • ISBN: 9780870217395
  • Category: Transportation
  • Page: 427
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Traces the development of the designs of aircraft carriers from 1917 to the present and examines the role of the carrier in the United States Navy

Modernizing the U.S. Aircraft Carrier Fleet

Modernizing the U.S. Aircraft Carrier Fleet

Accelerating CVN 21 Production Versus Mid-life Refueling

  • Author: John Frederic Schank
  • Publisher: Rand Corporation
  • ISBN: 9780833037206
  • Category: Aircraft carriers
  • Page: 98
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The U.S. Navy is currently designing the next generation aircraft carrier, the CVN 21. This class of carriers will use the same basic hull form as the current Nimitz class but will include a substantial redesign of the interior of the ship for improved weapons handling and stores management functions. It will also incorporate several new technologies including a new propulsion system and new aircraft launch and recovery systems. These improvements not only will increase the operational capability of the ship but also are anticipated to lower the ship's manpower requirements and maintenance costs. Under current force modernization plans, new ships of the CVN 21 class will be introduced every four or five years as the ships of the Nimitz class reach the end of their planned 50-year operational life. Under this strategy, Nimitz class carriers will be operating for over 50 more years and it will take decades to transform the aircraft carrier fleet to ships of the new class.On the basis of some preliminary calculations that appeared promising, RAND proposed to the Program Executive Office (PEO) for Aircraft Carriers an examination of a way to accelerate the transformation of the carrier force: replacing Nimitz-class carriers as they reach mid-life instead of refueling them. In this report we identify specific fleet management options for building new instead of refueling, and we evaluate their advantages and disadvantages. This report should be of interest to Navy and Office of Secretary of Defense planners examining fleet modernization options, especially those organizations addressing the costs of alternative force structure options.

US Cold War Aircraft Carriers

US Cold War Aircraft Carriers

Forrestal, Kitty Hawk and Enterprise Classes

  • Author: Brad Elward
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1472807774
  • Category: History
  • Page: 48
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The Forrestal class (Forrestal, Saratoga, Ranger, and Independence) was the first completed class of US Navy supercarriers, so-named for their 25 percent size increase over the World War II-era carriers such as the Midway class, and the strength of their air wings (80–100 aircraft, compared to 65–75 for the Midway, and fewer than 50 for the Essex class). Design-wise, the Forrestals were a huge improvement over their predecessors, being more stable and comfortable, while maintaining advancements such as the armored flight decks that had been introduced with the Midway. The Kitty Hawk class was an improvement on the Forrestal-class designs, and four were built in the 1960s – Kitty Hawk, Constellation, America and John F. Kennedy. These were even longer than the Forrestals, and fitted with advanced defensive weapons systems and an improved elevator layout. All nine of the carriers covered by this volume are icons, and hold a much-respected place in US naval history. They are also some of the more well-known vessels outside of the military, for their long service histories, as well as for some of the more unfortunate events that seem to follow them.

US Navy Aircraft Carriers 1922–45

US Navy Aircraft Carriers 1922–45

Prewar classes

  • Author: Mark Stille
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1780968094
  • Category: History
  • Page: 48
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The USS Langley, the first American aircraft carrier, entered service in 1922. Despite being converted into an aircraft tender, it was the first step in a new direction for the US Navy and naval warfare. This book covers the design, development and operation of USN aircraft carriers built prior to World War II, including their aircraft and weaponry. It also explains their various successes and losses such as the first carrier vs carrier battle at Midway; the battle of the Coral Sea; the battle of the Philippine Sea; and the Operation Torch landings.

US Navy Aircraft Carriers 1942–45

US Navy Aircraft Carriers 1942–45

WWII-built ships

  • Author: Mark Stille
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1780967519
  • Category: History
  • Page: 48
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Aircraft carriers were the US Navy's principal weapon against Japan during the Pacific War. Development of the Essex class began in 1939, becoming the largest class of carrier ever to be built. Early in the Pacific War it became renowned for its 'Sunday Punch' of 36 fighter planes, 36 dive bombers, and 18 torpedo planes. Alongside the lighter Independence class, these carriers formed the formidable Fast Carrier Force in the Pacific. Featuring artwork detailing the interior and exterior features of the ships, this book explores their design, development, and the action they saw in the Pacific, including the climactic battles of Philippine Sea, Leyte Gulf, and Okinawa.

Aircraft Carriers

Aircraft Carriers

Inside and Out

  • Author: Mark Beyer
  • Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
  • ISBN: 9780823961115
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 48
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Aircraft carriers are truly the fortresses of the sea! Students will get an inside-out view of these incredible floating cities, from how they are constructed to how they function as important parts of a country's defense. Students also will learn about the various aircraft that are on board and the crew that keeps aircraft carriers in ship shape!

U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers

U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers

  • Author: Carrie A. Braulick
  • Publisher: Capstone
  • ISBN: 9780736854702
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 32
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"Provides an overview of the design, use, weapons, and equipment of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers"--Provided by publisher.

Aircraft Carriers of the United States Navy

Aircraft Carriers of the United States Navy

  • Author: Michael Green
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword
  • ISBN: 147385444X
  • Category: History
  • Page: 20
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In 1922 the US Navy commissioned its first small experimental aircraft carrier. This was followed into service by two much larger and capable carriers in 1927 with five more being built prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor including three large Yorktown class.To take the offensive against the Japanese Navy, the American Congress funded by far the largest carrier building programme in history based on the Essex class, a larger version of the pre-war Yorktown vessels. Of the twenty-six ordered, fourteen were commissioned in time to see Second World War service. These were joined by many smaller classes of carriers, including light carriers and escort carriers.Post-war ever larger and more capable carriers were commissioned. Since 1975, when the first of a fleet of ten nuclear-powered Nimitz class carriers was commissioned, they have epitomized United States superpower status and worldwide power projection. These are due to be replaced in the decades to come with the even more sophisticated nuclear-powered Gerald R. Ford class.Compiled and written by Michael Green, Aircraft Carriers of the United States Navy contains superb images of all the different types of classes of carriers employed by the US Navy since 1922. These and its highly informative text and captions give the reader a broad overview of this fascinating subject.

The U.S. Aircraft Carrier Industrial Base

The U.S. Aircraft Carrier Industrial Base

Force Structure, Cost, Schedule, and Technology Issues for CVN 77

  • Author: J. L. Birkler,Michael Mattock,United States. Navy,United States. Department of Defense. Office of the Secretary of Defense,John Schank,Giles Smith,Fred Timson
  • Publisher: Rand Corporation
  • ISBN: 9780833025975
  • Category: Technology & Engineering
  • Page: 170
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This report documents the methods and findings of RAND research on the adequacy of the defense industrial base to support further construction of aircraft carriers and on the cost, schedule, and technology issues associated with building the next carrier, designated CVN 77. If the current carrier force size of 12 ships is to be maintained and if a decay in the quality of basic capabilities is to be avoided, CVN 77 cannot be started more than a year or so beyond the currently planned date of 2002. The earlier CVN is started, the less it will cost. Increasing the build duration from the planned 6.5 years to 8.5 years will also reduce costs. However, timing should not greatly affect the survival of suppliers of carrier components. The report recommends beginning ship fabrication before 2002 (which could save hundreds of millions of dollars); ordering contractor-furnished equipment in advance of shipyard start (a savings of tens of millions); and investment in R&D directed toward adapting production processes and engineering improvements that could reduce the cost of carrier construction, operation and maintenance, and manning. In fact, the costs involved in building and operating carriers are so huge that the Navy should consider establishing a stable annual R&D funding level for these ships. Appendixes to the report provide supporting data.