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US’ Second Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier to Enter the Water

US’ Second Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier to Enter the Water 30 October, 2019

The US Navy’s second Ford-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, John F Kennedy (CVN 79), is set to enter the water for the first time.

The dry dock where the vessel’s keel was laid in 2015 is currently being flooded in phases with over 100 million gallons of water.

Several tests will be carried out during the flooding process.

CVN 79 will be put through more tests in November. The vessel will be named in a ceremony on 7 December.

The Gerald R Ford-class carrier will undergo outfitting and systems testing in the James River after its christening and is expected to be delivered to the US Navy in 2022.

The 1,092ft-long Ford-class carriers will replace the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers. The vessels can operate up to 90 aircraft and feature a redesigned island, electromagnetic catapults and an enhanced flight deck.

US’ Second Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier to Enter the Water

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