AFTER YEARS OF CONSTRUCTION THE US NAVY UNLEASHES THEIR FIRST COLOSSAL SUPERCARRIER

The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers have long reigned as the biggest vessels in the US Navy, but now they have met their successor. The first of a new class of supercarriers has arrived to keep the waters of the world a safer place. The USS Gerald R. Ford has completed construction and has launched for builders trials to evaluate its performance.

Named after President Gerald Ford this first-of-class supercarrier has spent the past four years under development nearly ready for service. This is the first of planned Ford-class supercarrier and testing on the open ocean has started to see how its design should influence the other nine upcoming supercarriers.

β€œThe Navy and our industry partners are excited to have the future USS Gerald R. Ford underway under her own power for the first time, executing a rigorous and comprehensive test program for this first-of-class ship.”

– Rear Admiral Brian Antonio (Aircraft Carrier Program Executive Officer)

The Ford-class supercarrier has come under scrutiny by the armed forces committee for going $2 billion over budget and essentially being designed while it was under construction. Despite the controversial construction it is shaping up to be a very impressive vessel. Check out the first glimpse of the USS Gerald R. Ford in this clip, courtesy of the US Navy.

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