The Navy accepted delivery of the first-in-class aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) on May 31, following the completion of acceptance trials on May 26, the Navy announced today. Read More
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DoN $180B Budget Request Emphasizes Readiness; Reduces Spending on Ships, Aircraft
This post has been updated following Pentagon and Navy press briefings on the FY 2018 budget.
THE PENTAGON – The Department of the Navy’s $180-billion budget request sets out to improve overall readiness of the Navy and the Marine Corps while making only modest asks for new aircraft and ships. Read More
Carrier Ford to Begin Acceptance Trials this Month; Navy Expects Quick Delivery Afterwards
The first-in-class aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) will head to sea by the end of the month for its last set of trials before the Navy accepts delivery of the ship and commissions it into the fleet, the acting Navy secretary said today. Read More
UPDATED: President Trump Wants Gerald Ford Carriers to Use ‘Goddamned Steam’ Catapults Instead of ‘No Good’ Electromagnetic Launchers
This post has been updated to include a comment from Acting Navy Secretary Sean Stackley.
President Donald Trump wants the new Gerald Ford-class aircraft carriers to use older steam catapults to launch aircraft rather than the new electromagnetic launch system that the Navy has been developing for more than a decade. Read More
Carrier Gerald R. Ford Completes Builder’s Trials, Prepares For Acceptance Trials, Delivery ‘This Spring’
Aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) completed its builder’s trials today and is back at Naval Station Norfolk to begin preparations for its upcoming acceptance trials. Read More
VIDEO: Carrier Gerald R. Ford Gets Underway
The following is April 8, 2017 video of aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) departs Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding for builder’s sea trials off the coast of Virginia. Read More
NAVSEA: Carrier Gerald R. Ford Set to Start Sea Trials this Week
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The overdue first Ford-class aircraft carrier is set to go underway on its first set of sea trials this week, said the commander of Naval Sea Systems Command on Monday. Read More
Carrier Gerald R. Ford Heads to Sea Next Month; Commissioning Later This Year
This post has been updated to correct the title of Ye-Ling Wang, who now serves as program manager for future aircraft carriers. A previous version of this post referred to her as deputy program manager, which is her previous title.
Aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) will head to sea for builders trials next month, a next step leading up to its commissioning later this year. Read More
Video: Carrier John F. Kennedy Superlift
The following is video of a 704-metric ton section of the future carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) being fitted into place on Jan. 17, 2017. Read More
Ford Carrier Delayed Again Due to ‘First-of-Class Issues’
Delivery of the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) has been pushed back again, this time by about a month and a half due to ongoing first-in-class challenges. Read More