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The aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy as its dry dock area is flooded three months ahead of its slated production schedule, October 29, 2019.

How the problems on the US Navy’s new supercarrier helped it build the next one cheaper and faster

The Navy and the shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls have been "aggressively" applying lessons learned while building the USS Ford to its next supercarrier.
USS Gerald R. Ford underway on its own power for the first time in Newport News, Virginia, April 8, 2017.

The US Navy finally repaired its broken supercarrier, but there’s still a question of who is going to pay for it

The Navy picked up the tab for the repairs — the cost of which is unknown, and now there's a question about who has to pay them back for the work.
An F/A-18F Super Hornet launches from the USS Gerald R. Ford, July 28, 2017.

Trump tells troops that future US supercarriers are ‘going to use steam’ in a weird rant about an obsession he can’t seem to shake

President Donald Trump can't stand the new electromagnetic catapults the Navy has on its carriers, so he's suggesting the service use steam instead.

The $13 billion supercarrier the US Navy is staking its future on is late again as big problems persist

The US Navy's new supercarrier continues to face major problems, delaying its delivery to the fleet by at least three months.
Sailors man the rails of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford during its commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.

The Navy secretary made Trump a high-stakes promise: A major problem with the Navy’s new carrier will be fixed ‘or you can fire me’

As the first in its class, the USS Gerald R. Ford was expected to have problems, but the $13 billion aircraft carrier has attracted special attention.
A crane moves the lower stern into place on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy at Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia, making the second Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier 50% structurally complete, June 22, 2017.

The US Navy’s next advanced aircraft carrier is 70% complete — watch the latest 888-ton chuck drop into place

The USS John F. Kennedy is being built with a modular technique, with prebuilt "superlifts" weighing hundreds of tons coming together.

Gerald Ford was clumsy even as a sailor — and now the aircraft carrier that bears his name has a statue immortalizing it

It rests in the hanger bay of the USS Ford — but it's removed when the ship is deployed.

Watch the Navy’s newest, most sophisticated aircraft carrier land and launch its first aircraft

The USS Gerald R. Ford received and launched its first fixed-wing aircraft, an F/A-18 Super Hornet, on Friday.

The Navy’s newest, most sophisticated aircraft carrier doesn’t have urinals

The Navy has stocked its newest carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, with new and upgraded technology — but one feature is missing.