Ford finishing sea trials, starting 18-month testing phase

By Justin Katz  
October 28, 2019 at 4:21 PM
Having finished its maintenance availability, the aircraft carrier Gerald Ford (CVN-78) will conduct sea trials this week and then begin an 18-month, post-delivery testing phase, according to a senior Navy official. Navy acquisition executive Hondo Geurts told reporters today at the Pentagon the ship has completed about "50%" of its sea trials. The ship will then start an 18-month "post delivery test and trial" phase during which the crew will begin certifications and prepare for flight operations, which are scheduled...

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