Whether the U.S. Navy keeps to the new schedule and cost estimates for the CVN 78 Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier may come down to just how well a set of redesigned fasteners for the ship’s Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) survives a new round of extremely important tests. Fasteners may seem to be a very a small thing for a $12.9 billion ship that carries its own airfield, but this particular piece of equipment anchors a system that ensures that most of the aircraft taking off from the ...

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