The supercarrier was officially commissioned February 27, 2019, it is expected to be put to use by 2021
The US navy is one of the largest in the world. Comprising of over 300,000 active personnel and another 100,000 in reserve, they are equipped with an overwhelming amount of manpower. To add to their perilous authority, they also have what can deemed as the best tech amongst armed forces of the world. On the morning of February 27, 2019, the US navy officially commissioned world’s largest aircraft carrier thus far, the USS Gerald R Ford. The commissioning ceremony went underway at the US Naval Station in Norfolk, Virginia where President Donald Trump delivered the principal address.
The USS Gerald R Ford is a 110,000 ton nuclear powered supercarrier. The US navy along with the engineers responsible for constructing the ship, began pilot tests in late 2017. The carrier is armed with a variety of new tech and is capable of launching 25% percent more aircrafts per day, than any if its counterparts. The ship has been commissioned for an active service of 50 years, during which the US navy estimates it will reduce operating costs by US$ 4 Billion.
The vessel has been built at a cost of US$ 12. 8 Billion. First plans to build such a vessel were hatched in 2009, when the US navy decided to revamp their aircraft carrier designs after sticking to the same ones for nearly forty years.
“The nation’s going to be very proud of USS Gerald R. Ford, I am incredibly thankful for the shipyard workers and Sailors who worked amazingly hard to bring this mighty ship to life. This Saturday will be a huge day for our Navy and our nation. The new technology and warfighting capabilities that Ford brings will transform naval warfare, making us a more lethal Navy. The increased combat power will enable new ways to combine information, ships, aircraft and undersea forces, changing how we operate and fight.” Said Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson