Sea Platforms

US Navy believes continued operations will overcome DOT&E-flagged Ford reliability issues

31 January 2020

The Pentagon's latest Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) annual report questioned the reliability of key vessel systems aboard the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78), currently continuing aircraft compatibility testing in the Atlantic Ocean.

The report, released on 30 January, cited reliability issues with Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch Systems (EMALS), Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG), Dual-Band Radar (DBR), and Advanced Weapons Elevators (AWEs). The report, however, based some concerns on previous testing aboard the ship and the current testing being conducted now was not included.

During a 22 January briefing aboard Ford , Rear Admiral James Downey, US Navy programme executive officer for carriers, said critical ship systems had started to perform more reliably and noted it was too early to truly gauge the reliability of the systems in question.

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