New us aircraft carrier completed sea trials
“Gerald Ford” has been at sea for seven days.
Promising American heavy aircraft carrier “Gerald Ford” successfully passed factory sea trials that began on 8 April. As reported Military.com in total the ship had been at sea for seven days on 15 April and returned to the port of Norfolk in Virginia.
Any vehicle before adopting must go through several types of tests. The first tests are mooring. At this time, the ship may not yet be fully completed but it is already launched and started to carry out basic checks of all installed units and systems.
After mooring trials, the ship passed the sea trials. In this case, he goes to sea, where experts check in real conditions of work on-Board systems, is the vehicle defined by the project characteristics, including speed, stability and propulsion.
Details on how exactly “Gerald Ford” held sea trials not specified. We only know that all the checks carried out by the military was considered a success. “Gerald Ford” became the first in the last 42 years into the sea the American aircraft carrier the new type. The previous such event was held on 1 March 1975, when trials came the aircraft carrier “Nimitz”.
“Gerald Ford”, the lead ship of the project, launched in November 2013. His readiness currently stands at 90 percent. The displacement of the aircraft carrier will be about one hundred thousand tons with a length of 337 meters and a width of 78 meters. The sediment of the American ship will be about 12 meters. “Gerald Ford” will be able to reach speeds up to 30 knots. The crew of the ship will be 4660 sailors.
Currently, the “Gerald Ford”, equipped with an electromagnetic catapult to launch aircraft being completed afloat. In addition, in 2015 the construction of the second aircraft carrier of the type “John Kennedy”. In 2018 it is planned to lay a third aircraft carrier ship — the enterprise. As expected, his design will be used, the metal has already been written-the eponymous aircraft carrier.