US Navy tests sensors on USS Gerald R Ford aircraft carrier

10 December 2020 (Last Updated December 11th, 2020 04:00)

The US Navy has announced the successful sensor accuracy test onboard the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) aircraft carrier.

The US Navy has announced the successful sensor accuracy test onboard the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) aircraft carrier.

The evaluation was carried out by the US Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport NATO Naval Forces Weapon and Sensor Accuracy Check Site (FORACS) Sensor Accuracy Test (SAT) team.

Radars, sonars, gyrocompasses, electronic warfare systems, electro-optical/laser tracking systems and navigation equipment were tested for bearing, range and heading accuracy.

Division Newport’s parent organisation, Naval Sea Systems (NAVSEA), requires sensor accuracy tests to be conducted for all new shipbuildings.

This is the first time such a test was conducted on the new vessel class.

Prior to performing the test, the team spent one year in advance to conduct a ship check.

The check involved identifying where and how to position the test equipment, set up contact points, and which systems to test on the ship.

Division Newport Ranges, Engineering and Analysis Department test director Mark Gelzinis said: “The expertise and professionalism of the dozens of ship’s force personnel aboard CVN 78 who supported data acquisition and planning, particularly the systems test officer, was amazing.

“Their support was invaluable to the success of this sensor accuracy evaluation.

“The success of the test also proved the value of beginning the planning process as early as possible, maintaining detailed documentation through the planning process and involving the right people from the earliest stages.”

The test was carried out in two phases, dockside and at-sea.

The first test was held at Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia and the other at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC), Bahamas.

In August this year, USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) concluded its 11th independent steaming event (ISE 11).