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Navy Concludes Gerald R. Ford Carrier’s Shock Tests; Capt. Brian Metcalf Quoted

Gerald R. Ford

The U.S. Navy has completed full ship shock trials of the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier, concluding four months of tests that aimed to verify the ship's shock resistance against explosives and other forces. USS Gerald R. Ford underwent its third explosive event, where the ship resisted a 40,000-pound underwater blast off Jacksonville, Florida's coast. 

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Navy Puts Ford Aircraft Carrier Through Live Explosive Test

CVN 78 Shock Trial

The U.S. Navy kicked off a series of full ship shock trials on Friday to determine whether its Ford-class aircraft carrier could withstand harsh conditions that may arise in a battle mission. The first-in-class USS Gerald R. Ford completed its first scheduled explosive event in the Atlantic Ocean and the Navy will use data from the test in shock hardness assessment, the Navy said Friday.

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NUWC Newport Wraps Up USS Ford Sensor Accuracy Test

USS Gerald R. Ford

Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport completed a two-phase sensor accuracy test for the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier. The initial phase of the test took place dockside at Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia while at-sea tests ran at the Bahamas-based Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center, the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).

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USS Ford Marks 4,000th Aircraft Launch, Recovery; Capt. Kenneth Sterbenz Quoted

USS Ford

The U.S. Navy has recorded the 4,000th aircraft launch and recovery of the USS Gerald R. Ford's Advanced Arresting Gear and Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System. The components are currently undergoing an 18-month post delivery test and trial and is on schedule to complete all requirements prior to its commissioning to the service branch.

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Navy Certifies New Weapons Elevator for Gerald R. Ford Carrier


The U.S. Navy has certified the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier's fifth lower-stage advanced weapons elevator at Naval Station Norfolk, exhibiting an accelerated pace of operations. Rear Adm. James Downey, program executive officer for aircraft carriers, said in a statement posted Wednesday the elevator's certification demonstrates Ford's ability to quickly transport artillery from the carrier's deeper segments to the flight deck.

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USS Gerald R. Ford Undergoes Combat System Tests


The U.S. Navy concluded vital combat system testing of the USS Gerald R. Ford nuclear aircraft carrier within the ship's post-delivery test and trials phase. The carrier demonstrated technology integration and combat system performance during the tests that took place in the Atlantic Ocean, the service branch said Tuesday.

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