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The Future of Aircraft Carriers

  POSTED ON: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 9:55 PM by LCDR Tyler Scharar

The aircraft carrier has been the capital ship of the U.S. Navy since it usurped that role from the battleship in World War II.  In an era dominated by unmanned vehicles, non-state actors and littoral naval threats, some may even forget that this capability is vital to U.S. national security and international stability.  In November 2016, RADM Brian Antonio, Program Executive Officer Aircraft Carriers, shared his experiences with 83 midshipmen from the Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering.

RADM Antonio shared a message titled, “Everything Counts.”  He emphasized evolving requirements in carrier design, such as increased use of electrically-driven systems, reduced manpower, and increased rates of aircraft sorties.  On a more personal note, he advised the midshipmen to relish their time at the Academy and develop professionally and personally with the mindset, “In every challenge, there is opportunity,” a quote originally attributed to Albert Einstein. 

RADM Antonio is a 1983 graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy and Engineering Duty Officer.  His current duty is Program Executive Officer, Aircraft Carriers.  This opportunity was made possible by the Bock Memorial Lecture Series, which brings industry and government speakers to the Department semi-annually.

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