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CVN-76 is the first nuclear Aircraft Carrier to sport a bulbous bow, a feature designed to enhance flight operations. The new bow adds 36 feet to the underwater length of the ship. (Bow and Island Lift photos by John Whalen) "Network Centric" is the buzzword of tomorrow's Navy, and the nuclear
Aircraft Carrier - particularly the Ronald
Reagan - is designed to increasingly ful- fill the role of coordinator. To accom- modate today's and future needs to effi- ciently gather, analyze and disseminate information, one of the major technolog- ical advance on the ship is the enhanced
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Network (ICAN) system, featuring an advanced fiber optic network.
CVN-76 is literally bursting with new technology inside, with the integration of touch screen monitor controls around the ship to commandeer everything from compartmental ventilation to firefight- ing capabilities.
Ronald Reagan, the ninth Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier, also features many additional design features, includ- ing: • Island House: The first major design change in the Island House since the original design in 1960, it is the same height but has one less level, giving an additional 9 in. of overhead space per level to accommodate larger amounts of wiring for systems. This was the first time an island was designed using 3-D product modeling (Catia). In addition, the weapons elevator is now housed in the island, and important design modifi- cation, which allows weapons handling on deck during flight operations. • Deck: The deck angle on CVN-76 was changed slightly, a move that allows the carrier to launch aircraft off both cat- apults while simultaneously retrieving aircraft. Combined with the integration of the weapons elevator into the Island, this greatly enhances the efficiency of flight operations.
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Circle 279 on Reader Service Card Circle 254 on Reader Service Card • Mainmast: A new mainmast has been designed which increased the 57-in. diameter mast polte to an eight-ft. square mast. The new design keeps electrical and piping systems in a ballis-
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