The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) aircraft carrier on Wednesday, May 31 in Newport News. It would become fully operational in 2020 after what the US Navy described as a "shakedown" period, which will see the aircraft carrier "conduct several at-sea events to provide longer underway periods for the ship's crew to operate and train on the ship's systems". The future USS Gerald R. Ford honors the 38th president of the United States and pays tribute to his lifetime of service to the nation in the Navy and in the USA government. The Navy originally expected her to join the fleet in March 2016. The first-of-class ship - the first new US aircraft carrier design in 40 years - spent several days conducting builder's sea trails, a comprehensive test of numerous ship's key systems and technologies.
The Navy announced that the Ford successfully completed her sea trials on May 26.
Antonio's not wrong about the ship's design being a significant departure from the existing Nimitz-class.
"This great ship will serve our nation for the next 50 years, and will offer our navy the most technologically advanced platform to carry out their missions". This is vital to run a host of new systems, including high-tech battle management networks and other computer systems, long-range radars and other sensors.
The USS Ford will replace the Enterprise, the Navy's first nuclear-powered carrier - which went out of service four years ago. I said, 'What system are you going to be - 'Sir, we're staying with digital.' I said, 'No you're not.
This next generation aircraft carrier delivers new flexibility to the fleet.
The Ford is the lead ship in a new class of carriers of the same name. President Donald Trump earlier criticized the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, saying that he wants to use "goddamned steam" catapults instead, noted the newspaper. Approximately 150 aircraft will be deployed to the new ship. Its construction started in 2009 and scheduled to end in September 2014.
The Ford class has elicited some criticism for ballooning costs over the years, growing from $27 billion to $36 billion in the last 10 years.