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The commissioning date for the Gerald R. Ford is finally set.

The U.S. Navy will officially welcome a new aircraft carrier to its fleet later this summer, according to a site dedicated to the Ford's commissioning. The soon-to-be carrier Gerald R. Ford will be commissioned on July 22 at Naval Station Norfolk. Construction and testing for the $13 billion ship — the most expensive in the Navy's history — has been repeatedly delayed over the past several years. It was initially supposed to be commissioned last year before issues with the ship’s state-of-the-art technology derailed the Navy’s plans. Named after World War II Navy veteran and former President Gerald R. Ford, the ship is the pioneer vessel in the Navy’s next class of aircraft carriers. The new carrier class will eventually include the John F. Kennedy and the Enterprise, and is expected to implement a new electromagnetic launch system and a new arresting gear system, among it...

Full article: https://www.navytimes.com/articles/navys-aircraft-carrier...

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