Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Carrier Ford delivered to the Navy

Carrier Ford delivered to the Navy

The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of first aircraft carrier of the new Ford class - the future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), at a ceremony at Newport News, Virginia, May 31, 2017.

Gerald R. Ford is the first in a class of next-generation aircraft carriers created to replace Nimitz-class aircraft carriers.

The Navy's press release announcing the ship's delivery stated that "any deficiencies identified during trials will be addressed" when the Ford is in port. Each Ford-class ship will operate with a smaller crew than a Nimitz-class carrier, according to HII.

The Ford-class vessel was created to replace the navy's Nimitz-class aircraft carriers and will be able to operate with a smaller crew than previous models.

Naval leaders said the new class of carriers deliver "unprecedented flexibility" to the fleet, owing to their larger flight decks, ability to hold more aircraft, additional weapons and aviation fuel storage and other features.

And the ship is not going with "goddamned steam", much to US President Donald Trump's chagrin.

The Gerald R. Ford is expected to be operational in 2020.

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Under former President Barack Obama , the US had agreed to reduce emissions to 26 percent to 28 percent of 2005 levels by 2025 - about 1.6 billion tons.

However, costs in the Ford program have stabilized in recent years, and the ship performed well in two recent rounds of sea trials, officials said.

Those improvements, combined with the carrier's electromagnetic aircraft launch system and advanced arresting gear, are expected to allow the Ford to increase the rate at which aircraft are launched by one-third when compared to the Nimitz class.

The ship, packed with new technology, overcame numerous hurdles to reach this point.

Much of the delays and cost overruns have been attributed to the Ford's incorporation of several new systems at once. Shipbuilders say they are putting lessons learned on the Ford to work on the next Ford-class ship, the John F. Kennedy.

The carrier had been under construction since November 2009 at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding's dry dock.

Besides being the most advanced ship ever built, it's also the most expensive: The final tally to build it came just shy of $13 billion.

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