Ford Catapult Demonstration June 16
Testing of the Gerald R. Ford's electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS) has begun on the ship, with dead load testing beginning June 5. On June 16, Susan Ford Bales will participate in an event along with shipbuilders, ship's crew, and Navy and General Atomics officials.
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A new island, a redesigned and more efficient flight deck, three flight deck elevators instead of four... the design of Gerald R. Ford will result in more than $4 billion saved over 50 years.
Construction on Gerald R. Ford began in 2005 before the ship was officially named. View the Ford-class major milestones.
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