Yardlines, March 2014

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New Anchors ord’s

Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is awash in new technologies: radar, electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS), aircraft arresting gear and increased electrical power. And then there are the anchors. Why new anchors?

with recycled anchors and anchor chains from older, decommissioned ships. USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) is equipped with the 55-year-old anchors and chains from the former carrier Independence (CV 62). Ford’s anchors, though, aren’t just new, but a new design. The anchor chains are new, too.

Aircraft carriers have used a standard naval anchor design for years. In fact, newer carriers are equipped

“It comes from the Navy’s plan for a greener ship that requires fewer crew,” said Foreman Derek Briggs, who led