U.S Navy Aircraft Carrier • USS Gerald R Ford • Conducts Carrier Qualifications • Sep 13 2020

U.S Navy Aircraft Carrier

Ford qualified 27 student Naval aviator assigned to Chief of Naval Air Training Command (CNATRA) during Ford’s twelfth Independent Steaming Event (ISE). Gerald R. Ford class (or Ford class; previously known as CVN-21 class) is a class of aircraft carrier being built to replace USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and eventually the United States Navy’s existing Nimitz-class carriers, beginning with the delivery of USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78). The new vessels have a hull similar to the Nimitz class carriers, but introduce technologies since developed such as the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, as well as other design features intended to improve efficiency and reduce operating costs, including sailing with smaller crews.