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Navy Receives Second USS Gerard R. Ford Advanced Weapons Elevator

The U.S. Navy has installed a second advanced weapons elevator to the USS Gerard R. Ford aircraft carrier, also known as CVN-78. The military service said on Wednesday it has accepted the AWE after it completed certification and tests from Huntington Ingalls Industries during the vessel's post-shakedown availability.

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Navy Expects USS Gerald R. Ford’s Advanced Arresting Gear Ready in 2019

The U.S. Navy aims to begin the expansion of aircrafts that can be launched and recovered from the next-generation aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford by end of 2019, USNI News reported Wednesday. Commander Mehdi Akacem, Ford’s air boss, said the service awaits the launch and recovery bulletins needed to put the ship’s Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System and Advanced Arresting Gear in service. 

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Advanced Weapons Elevator Installed on Navy’s Newest Carrier

The U.S. Navy has announced the installation of aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford's first advanced weapons elevator, the service branch said Wednesday. Its newest carrier received the AWE on Dec. 21 after engineers from Huntington Ingalls Industries completed certification and testing activities.

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USS Gerald Ford Sailors Finish Advanced Arresting Gear Training

U.S. Navy sailors from the USS Gerald R. Ford pre-commissioning unit have completed the Advanced Arresting Gear operator and maintainer initial training program held at New Jersey-based test facilities. Nineteen sailors graduated during the second round of the six-week training course after 20 sailors completed the training in April and another previous …

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Navy Unveils Affordability Plan for Ford-Class Aircraft Carriers

The U.S. Navy has established an affordability plan that sets its annual budget for new Ford-class aircraft carriers at $25 million beginning 2017 to address concerns over cost overruns, DoD Buzz reported Thursday. Kris Osborn writes that the plan will work to keep spending on the USS Kennedy within the Congress-imposed cap …

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