New $12.9B carrier delivered to Navy

The Navy has accepted delivery of the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford, bringing the next-generation warship one step closer to deploying in defense of the country.

The Navy's press release announcing the ship's delivery stated that "any deficiencies identified during trials will be addressed" when the Ford is in port.

Fresh off a successful round of sea trials, shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries has delivered the newest aircraft carrier to the Navy. The Navy originally expected her to join the fleet in March 2016.

The carrier successfully completed its acceptance trials May 26 after the U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey completed its assessment of the ship.

Antonio's not wrong about the ship's design being a significant departure from the existing Nimitz-class. The aircraft carrier features a sophisticated Electromagnetic Launch System for launching aircraft, replacing older steam-driven systems, and will have a crew of over 5000.

The future U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford is expected to be fully operational in 2020. The Navy's newest aircraft carriers generate three times the amount of electricity as the previous classes and is created to rapidly update as new systems become available over the course of its projected 50-year service life.

The Ford is the lead ship in a new class of carriers of the same name.

The president told Time magazine last month that the Navy should go back to using steam catapults because the new system "costs hundreds of millions of dollars more money and it's no good". Navy officials said the ship has a larger flight deck, the ability to host more aircraft, additional weapons and additional fuel storage than the previous class of aircraft carrier. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs almost 37,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. I said, 'What system are you going to be - 'Sir, we're staying with digital.' I said, 'No you're not.

The Ford class has elicited some criticism for ballooning costs over the years, growing from $27 billion to $36 billion in the last 10 years.

  • Zachary Reyes