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Navy gets its Ford: $12.9 billion aircraft carrier delivered

Navy gets its Ford: $12.9 billion aircraft carrier delivered

"Over the last several years, thousands of people have had a hand in delivering Ford to the Navy - designing, building and testing the Navy's newest, most capable, most advanced warship", said Rear Adm. Brian Antonio, the executive program officer for aircraft carriers.

A video and photo accompanying this release are available at: http://newsroom.huntingtoningalls.com/releases/aircraft-carrier-gerald-r-ford-cvn78-delivered. Ford is the Navy's first new carrier design since USS Nimitz (CVN-68)-which was the first of her kind-was accepted into service in 1975.

The Navy will formally commission the Ford later this summer.

Compared to the current Nimitz class carrier the next generation of Ford-class has a larger flight deck, and hangar capacity to host more aircraft, additional weapons and aviation fuel storage.

The carrier successfully completed its acceptance trials May 26 after the U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey completed its assessment of the ship.

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"Acting Navy Secretary Sean Stackley told the U.S. Naval Institute News last month that "(w) e have not briefed the president on the Ford program.

The enormous 4.5-acre ship weighs 100,000 tons and has been called "the most advanced aircraft carrier ever built". It is expected that the carrier will be ready for full-scale operation only in 2020, having up to this time few outlets to the sea for the "running" of combat and engineering systems.

The ship will first have to go through full-ship shock trials in 2019, which will test how the ship stands up to explosions near its hull. Further, the Navy's newest aircraft carrier generates three times the amount of electricity as previous classes and is created to rapidly add capabilities as new systems become available over the course of its projected 50-year service life. "You going to goddamned steam, the digital costs hundreds of millions of dollars more money and it's no good'".

The ship, packed with new technology, overcame numerous hurdles to reach this point. The Navy will address those issues during in-port periods after the ship is commissioned according to NAVSEA.

Much of the delays and cost overruns have been attributed to the Ford's incorporation of several new systems at once.


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