USS Ford Will Join The Fleet, But Deployment Is 4 Years Away

USS Ford Will Join The Fleet, But Deployment Is 4 Years Away

Equipped with state-of-the-art systems, it is unlikely to deploy for another five years following its "shakedown" period, during which kinks with the shipyard, engineers and crew members are to be worked out, the newspaper said.

"For years, our government has subjected the military to unpredictable funding, and a devastating defense 'sequester, '" the president said.

Trump, the commander in chief of the USA military, will be on hand at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia to preside over the commissioning ceremony.

Additionally, Ford-which is based on the Nimitz-class hull form-restores weight and stability margins by reconfiguring the ship's interior, though she displaces roughly 100,000-tons just like the CVN-68 class (Indeed, one officer noted that while a sea, Ford is much more sporty than the Nimitz thanks to her prodigious horsepower and reconfigured interiors). Taken on her own, the Ford is the most expensive ship of any kind ever built, with a construction cost of almost $13 billion.

After three years of delays and billions of dollars of cost overruns, Trump officially turned over the first of the next generation nuclear-powered aircraft carriers to the U.S. Navy at Naval Station Norfolk in the southeastern state of Virginia. If all of Navy's projections are realized, the service will save $4 billion in total ownership costs over the life of the ship.

Mr Trump said at the event in Norfolk, Virginia: "I hereby place United States Ship Gerald R Ford in commission".


The Ford is named in honor of former President Gerald R. Ford, the 38th president.

The Defense Department explained the US Navy plans to spend $43 billion on developing and building three new Ford-class ships - Ford, the future John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) and Enterprise (CVN 80).

Numerous crew members have been with the carrier since the earliest stages of development - supplementing a lack of experience out at sea with a deep breadth of knowledge about the new technology that is expected to set the standard for the future of the Ford-class. "We will win", Trump said.

The Navy says the carrier will be operational by 2020. The Ford is also the first aircraft carrier to join the fleet since USS George H.W. Bush in 2009.

The Ford's propulsion and basic systems were tested during a first round of sea trials in recent months, but one major remaining hurdle will be to test the carrier's electromagnetic catapult's ability to launch actual aircraft.

Mr Trump gave a speech at the commissioning ceremony for the 100,000-tonne, 12.9 billion dollar (£11 billion) warship, in which he praised the USA military and the American labour that went into building it.

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