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VIDEO: Carrier Gerald R. Ford Gets Underway

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

NAVSEA: Carrier Gerald R. Ford Set to Start Sea Trials this Week

Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), marking the beginning of a June day of Fast Cruise. Ford is conducting a three-day Fast Cruise to familiarize the crew with the ship’s systems for an extended period of time on June 8, 2016. US Navy Photo

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

Carrier Gerald R. Ford Heads to Sea Next Month; Commissioning Later This Year

Tug boats maneuver the aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) into the James River during the ship's turn ship evolution June 11, 2016. US Navy Photo

Tug boats maneuver the aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) into the James River during the ship’s turn ship evolution June 11, 2016. US Navy Photo

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

Ford Carrier Program Manager Reflects On Strategy To Deliver Modern Combat System

Ford Carrier Program Manager Reflects On Strategy To Deliver Modern Combat System

he aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) gets underway, beginning the ship’s launch and transit to Newport News Shipyard pier 3 for the final stages of construction and testing in November 2013. US Navy photo.

The aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) at ship launch in November 2013. US Navy photo.

The Ford-class aircraft carrier program offers several lessons on how to build a new ship class while designing the combat system as late as possible to incorporate new technologies, the CVN-78 program manager said at the American Society of Naval Engineers’ annual Combat Systems Symposium. Read More

Opinion: Get the Ford Carriers to the Fleet

Opinion: Get the Ford Carriers to the Fleet

Ship Chirstening Preparations

The U.S. Navy is struggling with an undersized fleet, and is being pushed to its breaking point. The facts are clear. The carrier force is below the mandate required by law. Our ships are going on deployments of ever increasing lengths, all longer than planned—as long as 10 months. Because of backlogs of ship maintenance, unplanned repairs are popping up with increasing frequency stretching out the ships’ repair periods. Training periods are now being cut by three-fourths of their planned time. Read More

Carrier Ford's Maiden Deployment Could Face 2-Year Delay Due to Shock Trials

Carrier Ford’s Maiden Deployment Could Face 2-Year Delay Due to Shock Trials

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Nov. 17, 2013) – Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) transits the James River during the ship’s launch and transit to Newport News Shipyard pier three for the final stages of construction and testing. The Ford was christened Nov. 9, 2013, and is currently under construction at Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipyard (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Aidan P. Campbell/Released)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Nov. 17, 2013) – Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) transits the James River during the ship’s launch and transit to Newport News Shipyard pier three for the final stages of construction and testing. The Ford was christened Nov. 9, 2013, and is currently under construction at Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipyard (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Aidan P. Campbell/Released)

The Navy’s newest aircraft carrier may see a two-year delay in its maiden deployment, after Pentagon officials announced last month it would be put through shock trials before being allowed overseas. Read More