The USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) is the lead ship of her class of United States Navy supercarriers. It’s intended to be the first of a class of aircraft carriers that offer significant performance improvements over the previous Nimitz class. USS Gerald R. Ford is equipped with an AN/SPY-3 active electronically scanned array multi-function radar, and an island that is shorter in length and taller than that of the Nimitz class.
Replacing traditional steam catapults, the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) will launch all carrier aircraft. This innovation eliminates the traditional requirement to generate and store steam, freeing up considerable below-deck square footage. This aerial video shows the future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) underway on its own power for the first time. The first-of-class ship — the first new U.S. aircraft carrier design in 40 years — will spend several days conducting builder’s sea trials, a comprehensive test of many of the ship’s key systems and technologies.
Take a look at the USS Gerald R. Ford underway for sea trials below: