The future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is underway for its first set of sea trials, known as Builder’s Sea Trials (BST). Builder’s sea trials provide an opportunity to test systems, components, and compartments at sea for the first time.
Building on the Warship began in 2009, with a goal of finishing by September 2015 at a budget of $ 10.5 billion. Issues with the carrier’s advanced systems and technology delayed its completion.
The Aircraft carrier, which costs $ 12.9 billion, left from the Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia. The carrier will return to its Virginia port before going underway again for “acceptance trials,”
Over the next several days, CVN 78 Sailors, Shipbuilders from Huntington Ingalls Industries – Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS), the Navy’s Supervisor of Shipbuilding and Naval Sea Systems Command personnel will be working side-by-side testing many of the ship’s critical systems and technologies.