Future USS Gerald R. Ford Underway for Builder’s Sea Trials
WASHINGTON — The future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is underway for its first set of sea trials, known as Builder’s Sea Trials, Naval Sea Systems Command said in an April 9 release. Builder’s Sea Trials provide an opportunity to test systems, components and compartments at sea for the first time.
Over the next several days, CVN 78 Sailors, shipbuilders from Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding, the Navy’s Supervisor of Shipbuilding and Naval Sea Systems Command personnel will be working side by side testing many of the ship’s key systems and technologies.
“The Navy and our industry partners are excited to have the future USS Gerald R. Ford underway under her own power for the first time, executing a rigorous and comprehensive test program for this first-of-class ship,” said Rear Adm. Brian Antonio, program executive officer for aircraft carriers. “This milestone is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication, and we look forward to learning a great deal during sea trials. We will continue to work together to deliver Ford’s critical capabilities to the fleet.”