Friday, June 2, 2017

USN takes delivery of the future USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier

The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) aircraft carrier in Newport News, Virginia, May 31st. Delivery followed the ship's successful completion of acceptance trials May 26st. Ford is the lead ship of its class and the first new-design aircraft carrier delivered to the Navy since USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in 1975. 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 U.S. government.

Ford will be commissioned into the fleet this summer, formally placing the ship into active service. Following this, there will be a "shakedown" period where the ship will conduct several at-sea events to provide longer underway periods for the ship's crew to operate and train on ship's systems. In addition, planned deferred work will be performed, and any deficiencies identified during trials will be addressed during in-port periods. Ford is expected to be operational in 2020 following achievement of initial operational capability. (Source: U.S. Navy, 1-Jun-2016)