Sea Trials for U.S. Navy’s Next Supercarrier Delayed

The lead ship in the Ford-class , the future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), was launched at Newport News Shipbuilding in November 2013. Photo by Chris Oxley
The future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) supercarrier during launch at Newport News Shipbuilding in November 2013. Photo by Chris Oxley

 

ReutersWASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – The sea trial schedule for the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford has been delayed six to eight weeks after shipboard tests fell behind schedule, the U.S. Navy said on Tuesday.

The aircraft carrier, being built by Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc, is scheduled to be delivered to the Navy on March 31, 2016.

“The exact impact on ship delivery will be determined based on the results of sea trials,” the Navy said in a statement.

It said the work on the carrier, which is being built at a shipyard in Newport News, Virginia, was 93 percent complete. (Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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