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Inside Carrier USS Gerald R. Ford's Two-Month Operational Stress Test

Inside Carrier USS Gerald R. Ford’s Two-Month Operational Stress Test

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) departs Naval Station Norfolk, on Oct. 4, 2022. US Navy Photo

This story has been updated to clarify the amount of ammunition the ship loaded aboard before departing.

ABOARD AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS GERALD R. FORD IN THE VIRGINIA CAPES – After years of delays, the Navy’s first-in-class aircraft carrier is underway on a two-month operational stress test of the carrier’s new systems and air wing as the ship and its crew prepare for an extended deployment early next year.
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Carrier USS Gerald R. Ford to Embark on Short Cruise Ahead of Full Deployment Next Year

Carrier USS Gerald R. Ford to Embark on Short Cruise Ahead of Full Deployment Next Year

Sailors assigned to the first-in-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) and the “Tridents” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9 conduct an ammunition onload, Sept. 25, 2022. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON — Aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) will soon leave for a short cruise before heading out on its first deployment next year under the Defense Department’s global force management system. Read More

Carrier USS Gerald R. Ford Wraps Up Maintenance Availability

Carrier USS Gerald R. Ford Wraps Up Maintenance Availability

Master-at-Arms Seaman Robert Rowe, from Lansing, Kansas, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN-78) security department, stands transit watch during a sea and anchor evolution on the flight deck on Feb. 25, 2022. US Navy Photo

The lead ship in the Navy’s new class of aircraft carriers wrapped up a key maintenance availability and will soon start work-ups ahead of its first deployment. Read More