US Navy’s newest aircraft carrier clears round of sea trials

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The Navy’s newest aircraft carrier has completed another round of sea trials.
Local news media outlets report that the future USS Gerald R. Ford completed “acceptance trials” on Friday after three days at sea. The $12.9 billion carrier is expected to be commissioned this summer.
The ship completed tested various state-of-the-art systems during its first round of sea trials in April.

Construction on the Ford started in 2009. It was supposed to finish by September 2015, with costs at $10.5 billion. But there were issues with the carrier’s advanced systems and technology, including aircraft landing equipment and power generation.

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