Sea Trials for Carrier Gerald R. Ford Forecast for March
ARLINGTON, Va. — Citing progress in solving problems in systems of the Navy’s lead ship of a new class of aircraft carriers, the service has announced that Gerald R. Ford is scheduled to commence sea trials, approximately one year after the most recent plan.
“Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is 99 percent overall complete with 93 percent of the test program complete (93 percent Hull, Mechanical & Electrical, 92 percent propulsion testing and 93 percent electronics testing),” said Capt. Thurraya S. Kent, public affairs officer for Sean Stackley, assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition, in a Jan. 11 e-mailed release.
“Over the past few months, we have made significant progress resolving first-of-class issues associated with these critical systems and have resumed critical path testing in support of Builder’s Sea Trials. This progress enables us to forecast our sea trials and delivery schedule. Specifically, we have updated the ship’s schedule to reflect Builder’s Sea Trials in March 2017, Acceptance Trials in April 2017 and delivery in April 2017, pending the results of sea trials.”