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USN CNO says carrier defence systems make it military’s most survivable airfield

06 February 2019

US aircraft carriers’ defence systems make them less vulnerable targets than in previous decades, Admiral John Richardson, chief of naval operations (CNO), said on 5 February during an appearance at the Atlantic Council.

Technological advances will provide even stronger defences for carriers, Adm Richardson said.

“The advent of some of these technologies, particularly directed energy, coupled with emerging power-generation systems on a carrier, is going to make them even more difficult targets to hit,” Richardson contended.

One carrier that will feature such power is the next-generation USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). Speaking to reporters on the ship during a tour on 5 February at the Newport News Shipbuilding yard, Adm Richardson said the ship will deploy with lasers and high-powered microwave weapons.

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