US Navy receives new aircraft carrier
Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding division has delivered the future aircraft carrier Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) to the US Navy, the company announced on 1 June.
The delivery follows the vessel’s successful completion of acceptance trials on May 26.
Ford is the lead ship of its class. Designed to replace the navy's Nimitz class aircraft carriers, the Ford class features a new nuclear power plant, a redesigned island, electromagnetic catapults, improved weapons movement, and an enhanced flight deck for increased aircraft sortie rates.
Matt Mulherin, president, Newport News Shipbuilding, said: ‘Today is a historic day for Newport News Shipbuilding and one that is personally rewarding for me. I’ve had the pleasure of watching our shipbuilders bring this great warship to life. From her first cut of steel to her final round of testing, Ford is proof of our shipbuilders’ exceptional skills and talents.’
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