The Navy’s USS Gerald R. Ford is scheduled to deploy next year, four years after its initial deployment date.
The aircraft carrier, the lead ship of the new Ford class, is in the middle of its final maintenance phase before deployment following a series of delays, including those related to new technologies.
“Everything is on track,” Rear Admiral Gregory Huffman, commander of Carrier Strike Group 12, who will lead the carrier on its first deployment, told USNI News. “We are still looking to release as planned after the six month availability.”
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“No big problem they haven’t encountered,” he added. “So very, very positive news coming from the captain and the shipyard. And then as we get out of it, I think we’ll be very well prepared to get back into that operational mindset and prepare for. the deployment.
It is not known exactly when the ship will be deployed next year.
Problems with the carrier’s nuclear power plant, the new advanced electromagnetic aircraft launch system, and its advanced shutdown equipment all contributed to the delays that plagued the ship.
Many of the issues that delayed the carrier’s deployment were improved or resolved straight away.
The commanding officer of the Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group and his staff boarded the vessel for the 18 months of post-delivery testing and testing, which is unusual.
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“It really gives us a head start in this fundamental kind of blocking and fighting things, so when we get back on board we’ll be a lot further along,” Huffman explained. “We know the lines of communication. We know what the systems are. People know the basics of where they’re going to sleep and where they’re going to work and that sort of thing. So we’re not going to start from scratch on that.
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