WASHINGTON - An aircraft named after late president Gerald R. Ford has been delivered to the U.S. Navy.
The nuclear powered USS Gerald R. Ford is a $13 billion lead-ship in a new class of aircraft carriers. The delivery followed the ship's successful completely of acceptance trials on May 26, according to a press release from the Navy.
The USS Ford will replace the Enterprise, the Navy's first nuclear-powered carrier -- which went out of service four years ago.
This next generation aircraft carrier delivers new flexibility to the fleet. It brings larger flight deck, the ability to host more aircraft, additional weapons and aviation fuel storage, among other things. The Navy's newest aircraft carriers generate three times the amount of electricity as the previous classes and is designed to rapidly update as new systems become available over the course of its projected 50-year service life.
The USS Gerald R. Ford will be commissioned into the fleet this summer, the Navy says, formally placing the ship into active service. It is expected to be operational in 2020.
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