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US Navy’s Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier Delayed Again
March 27, 2019

US Navy’s Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier Delayed Again

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The delay is due to additionally timed needed to repair the carrier’s nuclear propulsion system and weapons elevators.

USS Gerald R. Ford Accepts Second Advanced Weapons Elevator
March 12, 2019

USS Gerald R. Ford Accepts Second Advanced Weapons Elevator

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Weapons elevators are an important component in guaranteeing faster aircraft sortie rates from the new supercarrier.
U.S. Navy Supercarrier’s Integrated Combat System Undergoes First Ever Live Fire Test
February 13, 2019

U.S. Navy Supercarrier’s Integrated Combat System Undergoes First Ever Live Fire Test

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The integrated combat system of the USS Gerald R. Ford underwent its first ever live fire test this month.

US Navy Signs $14.9 Billion Contract With Shipbuilder for 2 Supercarriers
February 05, 2019

US Navy Signs $14.9 Billion Contract With Shipbuilder for 2 Supercarriers

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Huntingon Ingalls will construct two additional Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers.

Pentagon Mulls Buying 2 Ford-Class Supercarriers at Once
October 25, 2018

Pentagon Mulls Buying 2 Ford-Class Supercarriers at Once

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Pentagon continues to evaluate whether procuring two carriers under one contract will save money and time.

The US Navy’s $13 Billion Supercarrier Inches Closer to Combat Deployment
July 19, 2018

The US Navy’s $13 Billion Supercarrier Inches Closer to Combat Deployment

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The U.S. Navy’s newest aircraft carrier began a post-availability shakedown period on July 15.

US Navy’s $13 Billion Supercarrier Just Got Even More Expensive
May 15, 2018

US Navy’s $13 Billion Supercarrier Just Got Even More Expensive

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The U.S. Navy’s most expansive warship ever just got even pricier due to the need to fix a previously undisclosed failure at sea.
US Navy’s New $13 Billion Supercarrier Suffers Another Failure
May 10, 2018

US Navy’s New $13 Billion Supercarrier Suffers Another Failure

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The new aircraft carrier’s propulsion system suffered a previously undisclosed failure in January, forcing the ship to return to port.

US Navy, Pentagon Agree to Shock Test $13 Billion Supercarrier
April 06, 2018

US Navy, Pentagon Agree to Shock Test $13 Billion Supercarrier

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Shock trials for the U.S. Navy’s newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier will proceed as planned.

Making a 355-Ship Fleet Reality: US Navy Considers Buying 2 Supercarriers at Once
March 22, 2018

Making a 355-Ship Fleet Reality: US Navy Considers Buying 2 Supercarriers at Once

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The U.S. Navy is considering whether to buy its next two aircraft carriers together instead of individually.

US Navy Wants to Delay Shock Trials of $13 Billion Supercarrier
February 09, 2018

US Navy Wants to Delay Shock Trials of $13 Billion Supercarrier

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The U.S. Navy is seeking to postpone shock trials for its new nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
US Navy’s New $13 Billion Supercarrier Completes First Flight Operations
July 31, 2017

US Navy’s New $13 Billion Supercarrier Completes First Flight Operations

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The lead ship of the U.S. Navy’s new class of aircraft carriers conducted its first fixed-wing flight operations at sea.

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