The USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier happens to be the next design of aircraft carriers for the United States Navy. Many politicians criticized the aircraft carrier regarding its technology and cost but that did not deter its scheduled launch in July. This 1,100-foot ship was designed in 40 years and is well equipped with advanced technology to let aircraft take off and land fast than before.
A total of 2,600 sailors will be working on this vessel, a number that’s 600 less than the Nimitz class flat top carrier. Electromagnetic catapults which have the ability to launch 3times more aircraft than before is a real cause of fear to enemy fronts.
The ship will undergo additional testing for the next 2 years and 4 months. According to News Australia President Donald Trump told Times magazine this year that the Navy should go back to the use of steam catapults to launch jets because this new system “costs hundreds of millions of dollars more money and is no better.”
The ship is said to be 2 years behind the scheduled launch and the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said that this is unacceptable and was supposed to be avoided.
However, despite all the concerns and contraries from different parties President Donald Trump presided over the commissioning of US newest aircraft carrier in its base in Virginia. The Navy had earlier accepted the delivery of the carrier in Newport News, Virginia in May this year after successful trials.
Program executive officer for aircraft carrier congratulated everyone involved in building the vessel. In his statement this June, he said: “Over the last several years thousands of people have had a hand in hand in delivering Ford to the navy”.
The USS Ford will have to undergo numerous tests before it becomes fully operational in a few years’ time.
By U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ridge Leoni [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons