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USS Gerald R. Ford embarks on first deployment

7th October 2022 - 14:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team in London


USS Gerald R. Ford departs Naval Station Norfolk on its first deployment. (Photo: USN)

Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden will participate in the deployment.

On 4 October, the first-in-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford departed Naval Station Norfolk on its first deployment to conduct operations and training in the Atlantic.

The Ford-class carrier sits at the centre of the Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group (GRFCSG), which includes Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, USS Normandy, Rampage, Thomas Hudner and McFaul; replenishment oiler USNS Joshua Humpreys; dry cargo ship USNS Robert E. Peary; and US Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton.

The ship was planned to sail on 3 October but was postponed owing to inclement weather.

The deployment will involve some 9,000 personnel, 20 ships and 60 aircraft.

The Ford-class carriers are to displace around 100,000t full load, measure 332.8m in length, have a beam of 40.8m, and a draft of 7.8m.

The mammoth carriers are powered by two nuclear reactors producing a maximum speed of over 30kts.

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