C4iSR: Maritime

USS Gerald R Ford hones flight operations amid development concerns

01 February 2018

Facing continued development questions over its next-generation aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78), the US Navy (USN) has been able to prove the Ford class can maintain sustained flight operations with its mainstay carrier combat aircraft.

"We continue to see progress in the testing of new systems aboard CVN 78,” USN spokesman Captain Danny Hernandez told Jane’s .

“The carrier has completed six under way events and conducted over 700 catapult launches and arrestments with navy jets [F/A-18E/F aircraft], including over 100 launches and recoveries in one day on two separate occasions,” Capt Hernandez said.

The under way testing started in July and during the latest round of testing on 19 January the carrier recorded more than 100 launches and recoveries, or sorties.

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