U.S. aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford leaves port for acceptance trial

Updated 2017-05-25 09:30:37 Xinhua

The latest and most advanced U.S. aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, left Norfolk naval station for acceptance trial, local media reported Wednesday.

The first-of-its-class warship will conduct test operations at sea, ensuring that it was built according to contract specifications, local WAVY TV cited navy officials as saying.

The acceptance trial, the last phase before the deliverance of the ship to the Navy, will be oversaw by the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey.

Acting Navy Secretary Sean Stackley predicted earlier this month that the aircraft carrier, hull numbered CVN-78, will soon enter service upon completion of its acceptance trial.

The USS Ford completed its shipbuilder's trial in April.

Construction of the USS Ford began in 2005 and was originally set to be completed in September 2015, but saw its construction delayed and its cost raised to 12.9 billion U.S. dollars, up two billion dollars from its original cost.

The USS Ford is the first of a new class of supercarriers. Boasting the most advanced weapons in the world, it is part of a push from the U.S. government to bolster its naval power.

Also in the News

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time
Showbiz2016/06/16 13:58March 22 2018 19:51:52

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time

Attending Shanghai International Film Festival, Nicole Kidman talks about her role in "Grace of Monaco".

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts
Also in the News2014/05/01 12:16March 22 2018 19:51:52

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'
Also in the News2014/04/18 13:18March 22 2018 19:51:52

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'

Hollywood star Johnny Depp's speech in the upcoming new film "Transcendence" has been disclosed on Friday, April 11th.

Most Watched

China World Business Sports Showbiz Audio
C4 My Chinese Life The Sound Stage China Revealed Showbiz Video Travel Video
China World Fun Travel Entertainment Sports
Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou
Live Music Opera & Classical Movies Traditional Shows Exhibitions
Learn Chinese:
Chinese Studio Living Chinese Everyday Chinese Just For Fun Chinese Culture Buzzwords