C4iSR: Maritime

Surface Navy 2020: USN expects Ford weapons elevators work to be done next year

17 January 2020

The four operational Advanced Weapons Elevators (AWEs) on aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) have performed 5,000 cycles and the US Navy (USN) expects work on all 11 to be done in the first half of 2021, according to Captain Ron Rutan, CVN 78 Class programme manager.

“We’ll be done before May of next year,” Capt Rutan said on 16 January during a briefing at the 2020 National Navy Surface Association Symposium.

The work being done on CVN 78’s elevators will help with AWE installation on CVN 79, John F Kennedy , which was launched in December at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding, Capt Rutan said.

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