America has launched their newest supercarrier, the PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) departs Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding for sea trials on April 8, 2017. The Ford carries the pre-commissioning unit (PCU), and is expected to be commissioned in 2017.
The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers were biggest vessels in the US Navy until now. This is the first of a new class of supercarriers built to keep the waters of the world a safer place.
Named after President Gerald Ford, this first-of-class supercarrier took 4 years to build and is almost ready for service. This is the first of 10 planned Ford-class supercarrier and testing on the open ocean has started to see how its design should influence the other nine upcoming supercarriers.
Rear Admiral Brian Antonio (Aircraft Carrier Program Executive Officer) said, “The Navy and our industry partners are excited to have the future USS Gerald R. Ford underway under her own power for the first time, executing a rigorous and comprehensive test program for this first-of-class ship.”
The Ford-class supercarrier has come under scrutiny by the armed forces committee for going $2 billion over budget and essentially being designed while it was under construction. Despite the controversial construction it is shaping up to be a very impressive vessel.
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