The U.S. Navy still expects to take in the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier in March 2016 despite a redesign of the warship’s arresting gear, the Daily Press reported Thursday.
Hugh Lessig writes Navy Rear Adm. Thomas Moore said the original system failed during a test a few years ago and required a modification.
“Right now the advanced arresting gear is my critical path to the delivery of the ship,” Moore told reporters Thursday.
“That will be the driving factor over the course of the next year,” Moore added, according to the publication.
Lessig reports Huntington Ingalls Industries‘ Newport News Shipbuilding division is installing the modified AAG on the Ford as the military service performs design testing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix in Lakehurst, New Jersey.
The Ford is almost structurally complete, but systems testing is less than 40 percent done, the report said.