The most expensive warship ever built is being tested, and it’s awesome!
The Navy’s new aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R Ford, cost $12.9 billion and went both over time and over budget — it was supposed to be finished and ready for testing in 2015.
But, as they say, some things are worth waiting for.
The most expensive warship ever built has been put through its paces for the very first time.
The US Navy revealed Saturday the first of its new class of the USS Gerald R. Ford has headed out to sea off the coast of Virginia.
The new aircraft carrier embarked on the first of its sea trials to test various state-of-the-art systems.
Watch the USS Gerald R Ford being built:
Here is everything you need to know about the USS Gerald R Ford:
About 5,000 shipbuilders have been involved in the construction of the Navy’s most expensive warship.
The USS Gerald R. Ford will weigh almost 100,000 tonnes – or as much as 400 Statue of Libertys.
The ship has a five-acre flight deck, and holds 4,660 personnel and 75 aircraft, and was designed completely using 3D computer modelling.
It can reach speeds upwards of 30 knots (about 34 mph), and has more than 10,000,000 feet of electronic cable built in.
There are two other ships in the Ford class: the USS John F. Kennedy and a new USS Enterprise – expected to be commissioned in 2020 and 2025 respectively. The total cost for the three vessels is estimated to be more than $43 billion.
The giant warship is 1,106-foot long and will be capable of launching 220 airstrikes per day from its two runways, while appearing almost invisible to radar detectors.
The USS Gerald R. Ford will replace the USS Enterprise, which was in service from 1962 to 2012.
The ship is able to launch so many airstrikes – one almost every six minutes – because the deck uses electromagnetic force to propel the jets forward. It is a similar method as used on roller coasters.
Read more: Daily Mail
President Trump said it’s a ‘Great looking ship’:
Enemies of Freedom, consider yourselves warned.