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The most expensive naval ship of the United States Navy, the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), departed from Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding and returned to the sea for the first time since its availability began after the earthquake in July 2018 to carry out the tests at sea.
The USS Gerald R. Ford headed to the sea on Friday after completing 15 months of maintenance and updates.
The USS Gerald R. Ford is the leading ship in the Ford aircraft carrier class, the first new class in more than 40 years, and the gradual replacement of Nimitz-class aircraft carriers will begin.
The ship is equipped with two newly designed reactors and has 250 percent more electrical capacity than the previous ones. The improvements will allow the ship to load weapons and launch planes faster than ever.
The Ford class incorporates advances in technology that make the operator more capable and efficient, while providing the ability to implement future advances in technology with relative ease. With greater capacity and lower total cost of ownership, for example, by reducing labor and innovations, such as increased electrical production of the nuclear power plant, the use of fiber optic networks, better corrosion control and the use of new and lightweight materials, the CVN 78 carrier package and future Ford-class aircraft carriers increased combat capacity and improved survivability on a platform that will keep pace with the threat over the course of the 21st century.
Each Ford-class vessel will operate with a smaller crew than that of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and will provide greater savings in property costs over the 50 years of planned operational life.
CVN-78 honors the 38th president of the United States and pays tribute to his life of service in the Navy, in the government of the United States and in the nation. During World War II Ford reached the rank of lieutenant commander in the Navy, serving on the aircraft carrier USS Monterey (CVL 26). Ford became president after the Watergate scandal and held the highest position in the country between 1974 and 1977.
Source: Israel Noticias