Armed Forces News

The Navy plans to upgrade two dry docks, in order to accommodate Ford-class aircraft carriers. The U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) Press reported Aug. 30 that the service presently has only one dry dock capable of handling the new ships — Dry Dock 8 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Va. — and it still requires setting up a permanent cooling water system to replace the temporary one now in use. It would accommodate the carrier Gerald R. Ford — the first of its class. The second dry dock is planned for the West Coast at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Wash., to accommodate the future carrier John F. Kennedy.
The dry docks are necessary because even though the Ford- and Nimitz-class carriers more or less have the same hull size, some differences — such as power requirements — need to be addressed.