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The US Navy is about a year out from adding the most expensive warship in history to its fleet, the $13 billion USS Gerald Ford. The USS Ford is the first in a line of Ford-class carriers and is expected to make it’s debt in February of 2016. Once deployed, the ship will be among the largest carriers ever to ply the seas and will feature a number of changes and advancements over the US’ current Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.

The Ford, and the accompanying Ford-class carrier fleet, is intended to relieve stress and overdeployment within the US Navy. Currently, the Navy operates 10 carriers but wants an additional vessel to take pressure off of the rest of the fleet and will be 1,092 feet long and displace upward of 100,000 tons. This size will allow the carrier to house about 4,400 staff and personnel while also carrying more than 75 aircrafts.

The ship will feature a host of changes over the current Nimitz-class carrier. Ford-class carriers will be capable of generating three times more electrical power than the older carrier classes,

 

 

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