USA: HII Hoists Last Piece of Primary Structure onto CVN 78

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USA: HII Hoists Last Piece of Primary Structure onto CVN 78 View post tag: 78 % View post tag: Navy View post tag: Hoists View post tag: CVN Training & Education View post tag: structure May 9, 2013 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Piece USA: HII Hoists Last Piece of Primary Structure onto CVN 78center_img Share this article View post tag: Defence Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division hoisted the last piece of primary structure onto the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) on Tuesday. The lift was the last of 162 superlifts and brings more than three years of structural erection work to a close.Susan Ford Bales, the ship’s sponsor and daughter of the late President Gerald R. Ford and Betty Ford, was unable to participate in the construction milestone but wrote a letter of appreciation to shipbuilders.“Your final superlift for the carrier might seem to be just a part of an ordinary work day at the shipyard, but this superlift is anything but ordinary,” she wrote. “Completing the structure of the Ford is a significant achievement and a shining example of the extraordinary skills of you shipbuilders. It also brings us one step closer to delivery of the carrier to the Navy and honoring Dad’s remarkable legacy of service to our nation as a naval officer in World War II and as commander-in-chief.”The unit is the forward end of one of the ship’s catapults, which are used to launch aircraft from the ship. Weighing 66 metric tons, the unit is 75 feet long and comprises four steel sections. Gerald R. Ford is being built using modular construction, a process where smaller sections of the ship are welded together to form large structural units, equipment is installed, and the large units are lifted into the dry dock using the shipyard’s 1,050-metric ton gantry crane, one of the largest in the Western Hemisphere.“Although the unit itself is relatively small, it is an enormous achievement in the life of this aircraft carrier and in our journey to christen and launch CVN 78 this fall,” said Rolf Bartschi, NNS’ vice president, CVN 78 carrier construction. “I am extremely proud of the hard work and commitment demonstrated by our shipbuilders who have made this important accomplishment possible.”Another shipbuilder who contributed to the milestone is John Mazach, a retired Navy vice admiral who served as vice president of business development at NNS from 2004 to 2008. Mazach, who called the order that initiated the lift, was instrumental in securing the first commitment and funding for the Ford-class program.“As the first new-design aircraft carrier in more than 40 years, the Gerald R. Ford class will begin to succeed Nimitz-class carriers when CVN 78 delivers in 2016,” said Ye-Ling Wang Bird, Navy deputy program manager for future aircraft carriers. “She will provide the Navy with greater operational capability, built-in flexibility to accommodate future improvements and improved survivability at reduced total ownership cost to the taxpayers.”Remaining work on the ship prior to launch includes hull painting, shafting work, completion of electrical systems, mooring equipment, installation of radar arrays, and flooding of the dry dock. Ford has been under construction since November 2009.[mappress]Press Release, May 9, 2013; Image: HII View post tag: HII View post tag: Defense View post tag: last View post tag: Naval View post tag: Primary View post tag: ontolast_img read more

Villas-Boas fears Bale exit

first_img Press Association Andre Villas-Boas admits Gareth Bale’s future at Tottenham is likely to hinge on whether they qualify for the Champions League. Bale is enjoying the most successful year of his short, yet dazzling career. The 23-year-old has scored 13 times for the London club and he has also found the net on four occasions for Wales – the latest of which came against Austria on Wednesday night. Villas-Boas thinks Tottenham will boost their chances of retaining the player if they can offer him the chance to mix it with Europe’s best next season “I think (qualifying will secure his future at Spurs). This is where most of the clubs want to be, and where most of the players want to play,” said Villas-Boas, whose side currently sit fourth in the table. center_img “Gareth’s future is intimately related to what the objectives that we achieve for the season. Hopefully qualifying for the Champions League means we can attract better players and continue to hold on to our best players. It is difficult for other teams with the economic situation as it is to buy a player of this dimension. “At the moment we are very, very fortunate to have him and I think we can reach our objectives with him at this level. If we reach our objectives we can hopefully continue to have Gareth in our club.” Bale grabbed the world’s attention in 2010 when he made a mockery of Inter Milan right-back Maicon at White Hart Lane. The Welshman has not rested on his laurels since that memorable night in north London. He has bulked up, improved his pace and now has the ability to play through the middle as a number 10 or a main striker, leading to comparisons with Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo. Because Jermain Defoe is out for up to three weeks due to ankle ligament damage, and Emmanuel Adebayor will only return to training on Friday, Bale may start up front in Saturday’s home game against Newcastle. “There is a possibility that we continue with the 4-4-2 with Gareth as a striker,” said Villas-Boas, who started Bale just behind Defoe at West Brom last weekend. “He’s having a tremendous year. I think he’s such an outstanding player all round. His performance (against Austria) was outstanding once again. He’s certainly amongst the five best players (in the league).” last_img read more