Newest Supercarier Launched – The USS Gerald R. Ford
Above: Spectacular tests of the new magnetic launch system on the Ford (3:23)
Above (2:49) Supercarrier USS Ford sea trials footage featuring EMERGENCY RUDDER TURNS and other shipboard insights.
Its delivery comes after a 15-month delay. One of the major causes of the delayed delivery were problems with the radical new magnetic launching (EMAS) system.
The Ford’s delivery came after it completed successful trial runs this past week.
The ship will be commissioned into the fleet this summer and is expected to be fully operational by 2020.
The new Ford Class has received some criticism for its huge cost overruns over the years, going from $27 billion all the way up the its current price tag of $36 billion. The entire construction program has amounted to one of the more spectacular acquisition calamities in recent times, according to former USN prisoner of war, Presidential Candidate and now Arizona Senator, John McCain.