USS Gerald Ford: The US Navy’s newest and most advanced aircraft carrier deploys for the first time


The U.S. Navy’s newest and most advanced aircraft carrier departed Tuesday for its first deployment from Norfolk, Va., designed to put the ship through its paces and train with allies in North America and the United States. Europe.

The USS Gerald Ford is the first new aircraft carrier designed in “over 40 years”, according to the US Navy. Construction on the carrier officially began in November 2009 and it was commissioned in 2017 by former President Donald Trump, according to a US Navy statement.

The ship is the first Ford-class aircraft carrier. The Navy has begun construction of the next two Ford-class aircraft carriers, USS Kennedy and USS Enterprise.

The aircraft carrier features advanced new technology comprising “nearly three times the amount of electrical power”, compared to Nimitz-class aircraft carriers and uses the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, or EMALS, according to the Marine.

The EMALS system uses electric power to launch aircraft off the ship instead of the old steam catapult system. The system puts less stress on planes when they are launched from the carrier and will reduce the time between launches, a Navy official said.

The carrier also has dual-band radar, which is a more advanced radar system. It is the only advanced-class aircraft carrier that will have this type of radar, the official said.

The USS Gerald Ford and the carrier strike group will operate with allies and partners in the 2nd and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility in the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, a U.S. Navy official said. The rollout will be shorter than a standard six-month rollout, the official added.

“This deployment is an opportunity to push the ball further in the field and demonstrate the advantage that Ford and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 bring to the future of naval aviation, to the region and to our allies. and partners,” Carrier Strike Group said. 12 Commander Rear Adm. Gregory Huffman said in a statement.

The deployment will involve “approximately 9,000 personnel from nine nations, 20 ships and 60 aircraft,” a US Navy statement said. The nations participating in the exercise are the United States, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden, the statement added.

While the USS Gerald Ford deployed on Tuesday, the other ships in the carrier strike group will depart on Wednesday to join the Ford, a second Navy official said. This is common for these deployments.

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