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Aircraft Carrier Month Special Edition, EMALS

Aircraft Carrier Month Special Edition, EMALS

One of the most revolutionary technologies of the U.S. Navy’s Ford-class carriers is the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, or EMALS, that is currently equipped on the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford and is being integrated on the next two Ford carriers currently under construction.

When fully optimized, EMALS will go from a cold start to launch-ready in about 15 minutes.  Steam catapults take hours and significantly more nuclear energy to achieve the same level of readiness—and deplete the ship’s critical freshwater resources to operate. 

The EMALS will enable Ford-class carriers to accommodate 160 sorties per day during normal conditions and an anticipated 270 during wartime operations.  This is an almost 33 percent increase in sortie deployment capability from the Nimitz-class carrier’s capability during peacetime, and a 12.5 percent increase during wartime.  This represents a drastic increase in the lethality and effectiveness of the ship.


Article taken from Defense News – Commentary by: Vice Adm. Lewis W. Crenshaw Jr. (ret.) September 14th.


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USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) Known as "Ike"

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) (known informally as “Ike”) is a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier currently in service with the Untied States Navy.  Commissioned in 1977, the ship is the second of the ten Nimitz-class aircraft carriers currently in service and is the first ship named after the 34th President of the Untied States and General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Since commissioning, Dwight D. Eisenhower has participated in deployments including Operation Eagle Claw during the Iran hostage crisis in 1980, as well as the Gulf War in the 1990’s and more recently in support of the U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Currently “Ike” is operating in Atlantic Near Spain.

Information taken from USNI News and Wikipedia


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On November 3, 2014 US Navy F-35C Joint Strike Fighter lands for the first time on USS Nimitz (CVN068)

On November 3, 2014

US Navy F-35C Joint Strike Fighter lands for the first time on USS Nimitz (CVN068)

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th Generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations, and advanced sustainment. 

The Lightning II is a single-seat , single-engine fighter aircraft designed for many missions with advanced, integrated sensors built into every aircraft.  Missions that were traditionally performed by small numbers of specialized aircraft, such as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and electronic attack missions can now be executed by a squadron of F-35s, brining new capabilities to many allied forces.


Information taken from Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II website.

Picture taken from USNI News from November 3, 2014




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Global lands accolades

Global SFC/Valve Incorporated received the Governor’s Employer Award for Workforce Development for Western Pennsylvania.  Global was nominated by Jeff Dick and Deb hoover with Somerset Career Link and Susan Whisler with Southern Alleghenies.  This year the 36th Annual Employment, Training and Education Conference will be virtual on October 21st.  Linda Heining CEO/President and Sherry Abel Training Facilitator pre-recorded their acceptance speech that will be shown at the virtual conference.

Global is a manufacturer of U.S. Navy Standard Valves and Underway Replenishment Systems here in Somerset and has 50 employees. 

Last year Global completed 171 training classes for their employees, covering Blueprint reading, SolidWorks, Lean Manufacturing, Active Shooter Awareness, Cybersecurity and GibbsCAM.  FBI visited Global and trained the employees on counterintelligence.

Global have been approved through the State of Pennsylvania Apprenticeship board for a Machinist and Quality Assurance Inspector Apprenticeship programs.  These apprenticeship programs will allow employees to participate in accredited training through the National Tooling and Machinist Association as well as ToolingU training, with structured on the job training.


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