Future USS Gerald R. Ford Underway for Builder’s Sea Trials

170408-N-WZ792-198 NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (April 8, 2017) The future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) underway on its own power for the first time. The first-of-class ship — the first new U.S. aircraft carrier design in 40 years — will spend several days conducting builder’s sea trials, a comprehensive test of many of the ship’s key systems and technologies. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ridge Leoni/Released)
April 10, 2017 – The future USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier is underway for its first set of sea trials, known as Builder’s Sea Trials. Builder’s sea trials provide an opportunity to test systems, components and compartments at sea for the first time.
Over the next several days, the future Gerald R. Ford’s 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 Navy 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,” Antonio said.