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Ford completes builder's sea trials, prepares for acceptance trials

20 April 2017

The US Navy's (USN's) first-of-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) has completed builder's sea trials and is beginning preparations for acceptance trials with the Board of Inspections and Survey (INSURV) for delivery to the USN, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced on 14 April 2017.

Ford returned to Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia, after seven days at sea. While at sea, Ford's crew; the USN Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion, and Repair (SUPSHIP); shipbuilders and representatives from Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS) and the USN's CVN 78 Program Office; and various technical subject matter experts "demonstrated many of the ship's capabilities including tracking aircraft using the Dual Band Radar [DBR], conducting 'no load' cycles using the new electromagnetic aircraft launch system [EMALS], and small boat operations" according to NAVSEA.

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