21 January 2022
by Michael Fabey
The US Navy expects to deploy plane provider USS Gerald R Ford through the third quarter. (Michael Fabey)
The US Navy (USN) plans to operationally deploy plane provider USS
Gerald R Ford
(CVN 78) through the third quarter of this yr, Rear Admiral James Downey, USN Aircraft Carriers Program government officer, mentioned on 21 January.
The provider is now going by means of a deliberate upkeep availability following shock trials and testing, Rear Adm Downey famous throughout a press briefing on the standing of the navy's provider power.
After that, the ship “will do workups” through the second quarter into the third, he defined. At the tip of the time, he mentioned,
would sail “to multiple theatre of operations with multiple allies with its strike group and air wing”. The ship is to deploy to areas that embrace “more nations than I can briefly summarise,” he famous.
However, Rear Adm Downey added, precisely the place and when that deployment will happen is “not publicly releasable”.
The deployment is a signficant one – being the primary with such operational tasking. However, Rear Adm Downey underscored
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