The carrier Gerald R. Ford began a yearlong maintenance and upgrade period July 15, following a successful post-delivery test and evaluation. The work is taking place at Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia.
During the test and evaluation period, Ford spent 81 days at sea. During that time, the ship and its crew completed fixed- and rotary-wing integration testing. Roughly 750 aircraft launches and recoveries took place — well above the planned 400. Both the air traffic control center and the JP-5 fuel system were certified as well. The crew demonstrated the capability of daytime and nighttime replenishment as well.
While in the shipyard, Ford will undergo installment of remaining combat systems, completion of deferred work, and correction of “discrepancies” identified during the sea trials and shakedown.