16 Jul '17, 2pm

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NORFOLK, Va. — In the pilot house of the Navy's newest aircraft carrier, Petty Officer 1st Class Jose Triana doesn't just go by the book. He helped write the book. "We're creating guidelines," he said Monday. "Were creating operational — basically instructions — on how to operate this ship with its systems and its new design." The story is the same throughout the Gerald R. Ford, the $12.9 billion warship that will be commissioned at Naval Station Norfolk on July 22. The Navy allowed journalists on the first-in-class ship Monday for a sneak peek ahead of the big day. On a ship packed with new technology, sailors are more than crew members. By necessity, they have become expert authorities, accumulating months or years of hands-on experience with systems that haven't been tested in combat. It hasn't been easy. Critical components like the electromagnetic catapults and the ad...

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