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USS Ford Aircraft Compatibility Flight Testing at Sea

Aircraft Compatibility Testing continued this week on the US Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78).

Pre-flight checks are conducted on an EA-18G Growler
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Loading F-18 Fire Shell on USS Gerald R Ford

NORFOLK (Nov. 4, 2019) Sailors assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) air department onload an F/A-18 Hornet shell onto the ship’s flight deck. The aircraft shell will be used for training by Sailors to simulate firefighting response to aircraft casualties. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Angel Thuy Jaskuloski)

One of the most important roles on any ship is ensuring fire protection. The US Navy’s latest Super Carrier, the USS Gerald R Ford, is no exception.

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It’s Aircraft Carrier Month! USS Ford Takes the Stage

US Navy Celebrates Aircraft Carrier Month in November

Today kicks off National Aircraft Carrier month here in the US! It’s a month-long celebration of these behemoth ships. The US Navy is by far the world’s largest operator aircraft carriers, so there will be plenty to see!

We’ll start it off with some stunning footage of the USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) undergoing high speed turn tests for the first time earlier this week. Your jaw might drop from the size of these ships, but just wait until you see how maneuverable they are!

Get ready to strap down the flight deck – it’s about to get a little rough.

While the Ford project has had some serious delays and cost overruns, this is still a very gratifying test to see completed successfully. Finally she’s out on the seas, and showing what she’s capable of!

More Carriers All Month Long

Remember today is just the start of Aircraft Carrier Month! We have some pretty incredible content lined up that we’re very excited to show. Keep checking back often.