Former Navy Officer Captain David Schnell serves as the vice president of operations for the electronic tolling division of Xerox’s Americas Commercial & State Transportation Group (ACSTG). During his time in the Navy, Captain David Schnell served as commander of two ships – USS Ford and USS Peleliu.
In recent years, Newport News Shipbuilding began constructing a new class of Navy supercarriers. Known as the Gerald R. Ford class of aircraft carriers or simply the Ford class, the new ships include a pair of redesigned reactors that improve onboard electrical capacity by 250 percent. In addition to improving weapons loading and aircraft launch times, the new reactors will save the Navy approximately $4 billion over the course of the ship’s 50-year lifespan.
In terms of design, the Ford class represents the first class of aircraft carrier modeled entirely using advanced 3D design platforms. All components of the ship were created at full scale in a 3D model, allowing for seamless integration of design, planning, engineering, and construction.
The first Ford class carrier has completed construction and is currently awaiting commissioning. To learn more, visit www.thefordclass.com.
About Captain David Schnell
A decorated officer of the United States Navy, Captain David Schnell earned the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Metal, and the Joint Service Commendation Medal during his many years of service.