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Scout Warrior: Navy: USS Ford Carrier 99-Percent Done, 2nd Carrier to be 50-Percent Done this year.
The future USS Ford is now going through Builders Sea Trials and is also expected to go through a deployment preparation phase known as “post shakedown availability.” Depending upon progress with testing, the Ford is slated to deliver by as soon as sometime next month.
Navy officials tell Scout Warrior that the second Ford-class ship, the future USS Kennedy, will be 50-percent built this year.
This comes alongside recent Navy reports that the USS Ford is now “99-percent” complete. Ship developers say the USS Ford is expected to deliver to the Navy later this year.
“Testing of systems continues, and we anticipate beginning sea trials in the early spring followed by ship delivery, pending the results of sea trials,” Navy spokesman William Couch told Scout Warrior in a written statement.
Overall, 93-percent of the Ford's test program is complete, including hull mechanical and electrical assessments, propulsion testing and electronics testing, he added.
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