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Sunday, March 22, 2015

As Gerald R. Ford nears delivery, two big hurdles remain

USS  Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78)The Navy's newest carrier is on track for its March 31, 2015, delivery. But significant hurdles remain with the ship's catapults and its arresting gear, which will receive intensive scrutiny and testing for the remainder of the year.

Construction of the first-of-class Gerald R. Ford is 89 percent complete, Rear Adm. Thomas Moore, program executive officer carriers, told reporters March 19.

Most of what remains is finish work. However, the test program is only 37.5 percent complete and, though on schedule, this will be the focus in the coming year.

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