Thursday, December 8

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After years of delays, the most advanced aircraft carrier ever built is underway
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After years of delays, the most advanced aircraft carrier ever built is underway

The USS Gerald R. Ford, the Navy's most advanced aircraft carrier is now on its first deployment, five years after it was commissioned into service and 15 years after it was named. The brief deployment to the Atlantic is expected to further test the systems that delayed its debut. The carrier and its strike group will exercise with eight other nations. "We already know all of this stuff works, and now we want to use it," Captain Paul Lanzilotta, the Ford's commanding officer, told reporters visiting the ship last week.   The Ford faced several delays related to some of the 23 new technologies it brings on board. In particular, engineering and software issues stalled the certification of both the weapons elevators used to carry bombs and missiles ...