Navy League 2016: US Navy’s CVN 78 on track for September delivery

Grace Jean, National Harbor, Maryland – IHS Jane’s Navy International

Key Points

  • Gerald R Ford is 98% complete and is expected to deliver in late September
  • The final 2% of work consists of remaining tests on the new carrier

The lead ship of the US Navy’s (USN’s) new class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers is on track for sea trials and handover in the final quarter of fiscal year 2016, a programme official said on 16 May.

The future USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) is 98% complete at Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding division in Virginia, Captain Chris Meyer, programme manager of the CVN 78 class, said during a briefing at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space symposium in National Harbor, Maryland.

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