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    All steam turbine ships these days have "Reduction Gears" so this is not a new technology. Thrust bearings have been around a long time.

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    Agreed, reduction gearing is not new, but the model on the FORD is new and they're having issues with them. Normal teething issues to be expected with new kit, but the Navy is blaming the shipyards for poor pre-acceptance inspections as this is not the first problem found with the FORD gearing.

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    Beyond the numerous other leading edge technologies incorporated in Ford, I believe most of the engineering changes (below Deck) versus the Nimitz were in Electrical Generation and the Reactor. I wonder how many changes were really made with the propulsion plant ie main engines? Don't think I have seen a horsepower number (propulsion) compared to the Nimitz class.

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    I'm not sure, but I'd bet they used the opportunity to get all new designs.

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